Watkins, 18 other alumnae make Engineering Georgia’s 100 Influential Women list

Magazine includes two other Tech faculty in inaugural look at women making a difference in state’s engineering industry
Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Engineering Georgia January/February 2018 issue featuring 100 influential women to know.
Frederick Law Olmsted Associate Professor Kari Watkins, one of Engineering Georgia magazine's 100 influential women to know. (Photo: Jess Hunt-Ralston)

Engineering Georgia has included 19 civil and environmental engineering graduates from Georgia Tech on its first-ever list of women shaping the state’s engineering community.

Among them is Kari Watkins, who earned her bachelor’s degree in civil engineering in 1997 and now is the School’s Frederick Law Olmsted Associate Professor. The magazine cited her work on real-time transit information with her OneBusAway app and her research into multi-modal transportation.

“Women’s contributions to the field have long been overlooked, but many of the women on this list are the movers and the shakers in our field,” Watkins said. “Women are often the ones in public service, so they may make less money, but in many ways, they are the ones making the critical decisions about the direction of fields like transportation and water.”

Other engineers on the list of 100 Influential Women to Know have done extensive work in industry organizations, volunteered in their communities, and led significant projects around the state. They include:

  • ANITA ATKINSON, P.E. - Vice President – Civil Engineering and Surveying, Patterson & Dewar Engineers, Inc. (BSCE 2000)
  • ANNIE BLISSIT, P.E. - Water Treatment Engineer, Gresham, Smith & Partners (MSEnvE 2017)
  • VICTORIA “TORI” BRINKLEY, P.E. - Senior Transportation Engineer, T.Y. Lin International (BSCE 2008)
  • ANNIE GILLESPIE, P.E. - Director of Engineering, State Road and Tollway Authority (BSCE 2005, MSEnvE 2008)
  • KATHERINE MCLEOD GURD, P.E. - Project Manager, AECOM (BCE 1998)
  • LAURY JILL HODGES, P.E., CPESC - Chief Design Engineer, VHB (MSCE 1998)
  • JENNY JENKINS, P.E. - Senior Transportation Engineer, VHB (BSCE 1999)
  • KAREN JENKINS, P.E., AIA - Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Shear Structural (MARCH 1992, MSCE 1993)
  • BETTY JEAN JORDAN, P.E. - Instructor, NPDES Training Institute; Executive Director, Georgia Society of Professional Engineers (BCE 1993, MSCE 1994)
  • DAVEITTA JENKINS KNIGHT, P.E. - Georgia Transportation Ops Manager, Division Vice President, Jacobs (BCE 1994)
  • EMILY MEADOR, P.E. - Senior Vice President, Kimley-Horn (BSCE 1999)
  • EMMY MONTANYE, P.E., LEED AP - Principal, Kimley-Horn (BCE 1982)
  • CATHERINE OWENS, P.E., LEED AP - Principal Engineer, Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. (BSCE 2001)
  • MARGARET “MEG” PIRKLE, P.E. - Chief Engineer, Georgia Department of Transportation (MSCE 1997)
  • NICOLE REUTLINGER, P.E. - Project Director, Atkins (BCE 1998)
  • BETH ANN SCHWARTZ, P.E. - Senior Associate, Michael Baker International (BCE 1994)
  • MELISSA WHEELER - Transmission Project Management, Georgia Power Company (BCE 1999)
  • LISA WOODS, P.E., F.SEI, F.ASCE - Project Manager, HNTB (BCE 1998, MSCE 2006)

Watkins said the list also includes “some of my favorite co-conspirators, like Catherine Owens at the Atlanta Beltline, Ellen Dunham-Jones from Georgia Tech’s School of Architecture, Hiral Patel at Georgia DOT, and Regan Hammond at Arcadis.

“It’s a nice list of some amazing women, and I am honored to be included.”

Also on the list from Georgia Tech: Christine Valle, director of the Women in Engineering program.

The full list of influential women is in the January/February 2018 issue of Engineering Georgia.