Engineering for Shakes, Rattles, and Rolls
Chicago’s notorious “Hawk” winter wind didn’t discourage Anchorage, Alaska, native Amy Mestas (CE ’04, M.S. ’06) from venturing into the “lower 48” to attend college and graduate school. In fact, she credits Illinois Institute of Technology for charting a career path that prepared her not only for designing cold-weather projects but also for evaluating buildings that have been subjected to events that happen with greater frequency in Alaska than in any other state: earthquakes. Mestas, senior-level associate and senior structural engineer with PDC Engineers, was recognized for contributions to the profession and to her community as Alaska Engineer of the Year 2018.