CEE alumna Gina Sansoni receives Rookie of the Year award


The North Carolina Triangle Chapter of WTS International recently announced Gina Sansoni, EI, of Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson Inc. (JMT), is the recipient for its annual “Rookie of the Year” award. The Rookie of the Year Award is given annually to a new WTS member who has shown extraordinary commitment and taken on challenges to promote the chapter.

Sansoni has three years of experience as a structural design engineer. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Penn State. Her project experience consists of bridge as well as aviation project design. She has assisted in the analysis and design of various components for bridges and the design of a material storage building. She has assisted in plan preparations and quantity calculations.

A native of Pennsylvania, Sansoni started at JMT in Philadelphia. She was a member of the WTS chapter there and active in its mentoring program, working with girls to inspire them to enter a science- or math-related field. In early 2016, she and her fiancé made plans to move to North Carolina. Her firm was in the process of opening a North Carolina office, so Sansoni was one of the first to join the new office in Raleigh. Within months of moving, Sansoni also joined the NC Triangle Chapter of WTS and immediately accepted a leadership position. She volunteered to head up the Transportation YOU mentorship program, and within the first year, she has developed a successful program with a growing attendance in both mentors and mentees.

WTS NC Triangle is proud to name Sansoni as its “Rookie of the Year”.  The chapter presented the award at its annual Go Gala on May 11 at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences’ Nature Research Center, hosted by WRAL’s Renee Chou. This event supports the Chapter's mission to raise funds for college scholarships and outreach programs for middle and high school students. These scholarships and outreach programs promote young women entering into STEM secondary education and careers.

Local transportation engineering, design and construction firms have picked up WTS’s mission and are supporting the initiatives with their time and money. Sponsors of the event include VHB, Ecological Engineering, WSP|Parsons Brinckerhoff, Atkins, KCI and Stewart Engineering.

WTS, Founded in 1977, is an international organization dedicated to the professional advancement of women in transportation. Boasting more than 5,000 members, both men and women, WTS is helping women find opportunity and recognition in the transportation industry. Through its professional activities, networking opportunities and unparalleled access to industry and government leaders, WTS is turning the glass ceiling into a career portal.


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