Dr. Feng Li, a Senior Project Manager for Golder in Redmond, Washington, has been named a 2019 Young Professional of the Year by the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC). ACEC’s Young Professional of the Year Award strives to promote the accomplishments of young engineers by highlighting their engineering contributions and the resulting impact on society.
Li joined Golder in 2013 and is an integral member of Golder’s global seismic team, supporting the design of high-rise buildings, tailings dam facilities, liquid natural gas facilities, and lifeline infrastructure. Working with seismic experts around the world, Li is supporting and building the next-generation standard of geotechnical earthquake engineering practice.
“Feng’s technical skills, personal attributes, and strong character mark her as someone of exceptional ability in our industry,” Alan Hull, Golder Principal and Senior Practice Leader, explains. “Much of her earthquake geotechnical engineering analyses is peer-reviewed because of its significance to life safety, like tall buildings in Seattle or major mine tailings dams in South America. She is able to translate the latest research into practical engineering applications.”
Li holds a master’s degree and PhD in Transportation Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, as well as a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and master’s degree in Geotechnical Engineering from Tsinghua University in Beijing. While she was always interested in engineering, the events of 9/11 marked a pivotal moment in Dr. Li’s studies and set her on a distinct career path.
“It shocked me that the buildings collapsed after the collision,” notes Li. “For me, 9/11 was a reality call that revealed there are extreme scenarios and significant uncertainty in what a building or structure will experience in its lifetime. As a young student, this event made me think about our responsibilities as civil engineers.”
Li is active in the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Geo-Institute, Seattle chapter as its Secretary supporting event planning and meetings as well as leading the editing and publishing of the 2019 Groundhog Newsletter, the organization’s annual journal. She also belongs to the Seattle chapter of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI).
The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) is the business association of America’s engineering industry, representing more than 5,000 independent engineering firms and more than 500,000 professionals throughout the United States engaged in the development of America’s transportation, water and energy infrastructure, along with environmental, industrial and other public and private facilities. Founded in 1906 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., ACEC is a national federation of 52 state and regional organizations.