The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) presented Melinda Luna, PE, CFM, with the 2019 Civil Engineering History and Heritage Award at the society’s annual convention this month in Miami, Florida. She was recognized for her outstanding contributions to civil engineering history and heritage research, including writing hundreds of articles and providing better knowledge and appreciation of the industry, both inside and outside of the civil engineering community. Luna is the first female engineering recipient of this award, which has been presented since 1966.
Throughout her 30-year career, Luna has remained interested in historical efforts and regularly publishes articles pertaining to regional civil engineering topics through the Texas Civil Engineer magazine and the ASCE Texas Section website. She has served as the chair of the ASCE History and Heritage Committee for the past 17 years, in addition to being a member of the ASCE Scholarship and the Environmental Water Resource Institute’s History and Heritage Committees. She is an active member in the National Hydrologic Council, the South Central Arc User Group, the Texas Floodplain Management Association, and the Urban and Regional Information System Association.
Luna earned her bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the Texas A&M University and is a licensed professional engineer and certified floodplain manager. She joined KCI earlier this year as a senior project manager in the firm’s Water Resources Practice.