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WTS NC Triangle Newsletter
September 2014

In this Issue

Upcoming Programs
WTS Scholarships
In Case You Missed It
Featured Businesses

Featured Events

Art in the Evening

Oct. 3, 2014  


 Engineering Success Business Forum

Oct. 7, 2014  


 WTS Wine Tour

Oct. 18, 2014

Board of Directors



Kim Levine,

Asset Management Associates, PLLC


Vice President

Jenny Fleming, PE, Ecological Engineering



Memory Washaya, NCDOT



Jessalyn Abril, PE, LEED AP,



Past President

Amy Simes, PE, CPM, NCDENR

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2014 Partners

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Patron Partner
Emerging Business
Supporter Partner 

Leslie Tracey, PE

City of Durham


Hatch Mott MacDonald

Taruna Tayal

Nicole Bennett, AICP
Parsons Brinckerhoff

Yuying Zhou

Greetings all! We're in the final few months of the year (where did the time go?), but we're not slowing down. WTS still has some great programs and events ready to go before the year is over.

Transportation YOU, the mentoring program for middle- and high-school aged girls, has started back up for the school year. The first day of the Fall Business Forum was a great success, and we have a second day planned in October focused on marketing and proposal development. Finally, we'll be putting on a FREE membership event at the NC Museum of Art next month.
See below for more details about these events. We look forward to seeing everyone there!


Kimberly J. Levine

President, WTS NC Triangle Chapter

Upcoming for October

Engineering Success Business Forum  

The second part of a two-part series on business growth sponsored by WTS NC Triangle Chapter will be held on Oct. 7. The three-hour forum, "Setting up Your Company for Growth," will feature a panel discussion on networking, creating a project-winning team, where to look for advertised work, and effective proposal writing. The experts on the panel will also discuss branding, social media, marketing strategies and marketing budgets. Participants can earn up to 3 PDH credits for attending. Click here to see the agenda and here to register.

WTS Night at the NC Museum of Art

The chapter is sponsoring a free membership event at the NC Museum of Art in Raleigh. Attendees can wander the galleries, enjoy live music and socialize with others in the industry. WTS members will be available to answer questions about the organization or just to chat. The chapter will award door prizes, and provide hors d'oeurvre and drinks. This event is open to everyone. Click here to RSVP.

Winery Tour and Networking Event

WTS NC Triangle Chapter will join other WTS chapters, including Charlotte-Metro and future Western Carolina-Asheville, for a Yadkin Valley winery tour on Oct. 18. It'll be a great chance to meet other transportation professionals from around the state. For more details, an itinerary and registration, click here.

WTS Scholarships

WTS NC Triangle Chapter is accepting applications for scholarship awards for the 2014-15 school year. These will be awarded to young women who are pursuing or planning to pursue study in a transportation-related field. The scholarships are available to high school and community college students, as well as undergraduate and graduate college students. Applications will be forwarded to the international WTS organization; however, the NC Triangle Chapter may award scholarship funds to local applicants. For more information and to download an application, click here.

Welcome New Members! 

Margaret Sweitzer and Elizabeth Williams recently joined our chapter. A hearty welcome to our newest members! Click here to read the welcome letter.
In Case You Missed It ...
Engineering Success - Part 1
 The Engineering Success Business Forum featured a panel discussion about certifications and pre-qualifications with experts from municipalities, NCDOT and the federal government, followed by roundtable discussions. At left, Mike Creed, PE, Chairman and CEO of McKim & Creed, discusses business topics for a transitioning company with Suzanne Young of Three Oaks Engineering. See above for details about registering for part 2, and click  here to see pictures from part 1.

Transportation YOU

The chapter held the first Transportation YOU event for the 2014-15 school year last week with a focus on creative and artistic roles in transportation-related fields. Transportation YOU is a mentoring program for middle-school and high-school aged girls interested in science, technology, engineering, "ART" and math (STEAM) fields. Amy Skelding with AECOM spoke about transportation-related careers in communication and marketing.

September Breakfast Series
Iona Thomas with Stewart was the featured speaker at the September breakfast event. She spoke on investing in yourself and how to measure individual success.

Featured Business

AMEC, Supporter Partner

AMEC is a leading supplier of consultancy, engineering and project management services in the world's oil and gas, mining, clean energy, environment and infrastructure markets. With annual revenues of some $6.6 billion, AMEC designs, delivers and maintains strategic and complex assets in 40 countries, employing more than 29,000 people worldwide.


AMEC's Environment & Infrastructure business focuses on transportation, environmental consulting, engineering design and construction management. With specialists in more than 50 scientific and engineering disciplines, AMEC's professionals provide the technical depth and geographic diversity that enables us to serve clients worldwide; yet we maintain a strong local presence with offices located in Wilmington, Durham, Charlotte and Asheville, North Carolina.


One of AMEC's corporate values is "delivering in a safe and sustainable way." A safe and healthy work environment, prevention of incidents and respect for the environment is the established philosophy for all AMEC project work locations, and is a critical element of our culture. We believe that nothing we do is more important than the safety of ourselves and others.

Featured Business

Simpson Engineers & Associates, Supporter Partner
Simpson Engineers & Associates, PC (SEA), is a civil engineering firm located in Cary, NC. The firm specializes in Transportation Structure Design, In-Service Bridge Inspection, Environmental/Planning Services, Construction Inspection and NCDOT Rail Division Project Management.


Established in January, 2004, SEA has maintained its commitment to producing quality work in a timely manner and to maintaining long-term client relationships. Many of SEA's engineers and MicroStation technicians are former employees of NCDOT. With this level of experience, their staff is knowledgeable of departmental policies and procedures which allows SEA to be an unlimited resource in the engineering community. SEA has provided services as a prime consultant, and has been part of a joint team effort, collaborating with numerous large and small engineering firms. SEA is registered in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida and Virginia.

Professional Connections

For those looking for networking opportunities within the Chapter, consider joining the Professional Connections program. Each quarter, the members of the program are split into groups of four or five, and each group plans a lunch meeting. This is a good way to meet others and learn about their careers, hobbies and interests. For more information, or to sign up, contact  Karen Reynolds.
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