Valerie, Huff 150The American Society of Civil Engineers will recognize Wallace Group Civil Engineer Valerie Huff again on Saturday, October 5 as the 2013 Outstanding Younger Civil Engineer, this time for the Los Angeles Section title. Huff won the award for ASCE’s San Luis Obispo Branch in June.

The LA section honor puts Valerie as one of four finalists running for the Statewide title. ASCE is a US-based international organization with ASCE Region 9 consisting solely of the State of California due to the large population and area of California. The awards will be announced Statewide in early 2014.

The prestigious ASCE Outstanding Younger Engineer Award recognizes the engineering efforts of civil engineers under the age of 35 who further advance the field of engineering through innovative concepts, research and materials. Nominees must be registered Professional Engineers and active ASCE members.

Huff’s civil engineering experience includes both public works and private development projects. She has prepared drainage and infrastructure master plans, performed hydrology and hydraulic studies, as well as design and preparation of water, sewer, grading, storm drainage, low impact development (LID), and roadway plans and specifications. Valerie earned her Bachelor’s degree in Bioresource and Agricultural Engineering and her Master’s degree in Engineering from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

Wallace Group nominated Valerie for her work with the San Luis Obispo Countywide Hydromodification Technical Advisory Committee (HTAC) and the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board’s Joint Effort Review Team (JERT). She actively provides technical review and recommendations for hydromodification control criteria, LID, and other storm water quality concerns. Huff’s work with JERT was instrumental in revisions to the Board’s Post-Construction Requirements that were viewed favorably by both stakeholders and the Regional Board.

“On top of her strong work ethic and technical expertise, Valerie finds time to volunteer with organizations such as GRID Alternatives and Grassroots II, and we really couldn’t be more proud of her,” said Wallace Group Principal Engineer Jorge Aguilar.

With GRID Alternatives, Valerie has helped install solar panels on homes to reduce energy bills for families. Grassroots II provides holiday meals for families in San Luis Obispo.

“We were delighted when she won the branch award,” Aguilar said. “We are beyond excited that she is representing Wallace Group with a win for the LA Section level now – the largest section in the state.”

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