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UDaily: McNeil elected distinguished member of American Society of Civil Engineering

UDaily: McNeil elected distinguished member of American Society of Civil Engineering

Engineering projects don’t happen in a vacuum, and the University of Delaware’s Sue McNeil makes sure her students are aware of the social, psychological, political and economic factors that determine whether and how projects get done. A professor of civil and environmental engineering, McNeil studies how people make decisions about building, rebuilding, or renewing infrastructure like roads, bridges, and wastewater management systems –and how natural disasters and hazards impact those decisions.

“We’re trying to get engineers to think more broadly about not solving problems as simply engineering problems,” she says. “What are the implications for the system or network that [the project] functions in? Who’s benefiting? Who’s being disadvantaged by this?”

In recognition of her “pioneering contributions to the redevelopment of brownfield sites, for infrastructure management education and research, and for efforts to strengthen diversity in the civil engineering profession,” McNeil has been elected a distinguished member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).