New Members Join External Advisory Board

Friday, 23 October 2020

Five alumni have started their service to the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering as members of the External Advisory Board. 

The 2020 cohort was officially welcomed during the board’s annual meeting, held virtually this year from Oct. 15-16.

The External Advisory Board is a group of 30 alumni and industry leaders who counsel the School’s leadership on curriculum, alumni outreach, industry changes and more. Board members serve three-year terms, with most serving two terms consecutively.

The new members for this year’s cohort represent a diverse sample of alumni from different generations, geographic locations, genders, races and career paths.

Ashley Coogan, director of development for the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, said that School leadership celebrates the success these new board members have achieved in a variety of fields—from structural engineering to real estate investment and forest management.

“We want our students to see the vast array of opportunities they can pursue with a civil or environmental engineering degree,” Coogan said.  

Meet the new board members:

Christy Darden

CE 92
Regional Engineering Director, USDA Forest Service

Brian Lu

CE 99
Vice President / Director of Development, The Loudermilk Companies

Darion Dunn

CE 00
Managing Partner, Atlantica Properties

Larry McDowell

CE 76
Senior Principal, Uzun+Case

Karen Jenkins

MS Arch 92, MS CE 93
Co-Founder, Shear Structural