Wednesday, February 24, 2021 from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM EST
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Jennifer R. Blanchard, ASCE Chattanooga Branch Secretary
ASCE Chattanooga Branch


ASCE Virtual Panel "Emerging Careers" & Scholarship Presentation 

The event will be held on Wednesday, February 24th at 5:30 pm (EST) as part of the celebration of E-Week. ASCE welcomes students, young members, and long-serving professionals to join our team of engineers to discuss how you can find success in your career, how to start a career or look for a change in direction. Our panelists will share their career stories and attendees will be able to ask questions about how to proceed in their own careers. Connect with ASCE and discuss ideas of how to market yourself, develop strategies that work while staying flexible and planning for the future.
This year's panelists will include:
  • Russell Moorehead, PE, VP, Croy Engineering, LLC
  • Maria Price, PE, Engineering Manager, City of Chattanooga Department of Public Works
  • Ben Byard, PE, Bridge Program Manager, Tennessee Valley Authority
  • Kelli Richardson, PE, Chief Engineer, Brown Bros. Inc.
The Scholarship Committee will also announce the scholarship winner(s) for the 2021 Student Chapter Member Scholarship at the beginning of the event.
The event is free but registration is required. Register by COB Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021!
PDH included!
Panelist Background

Russell Moorehead is the VP Chattanooga Office Manager at Croy Engineering, LLC. Russell graduated from Franklin High School and left his Toledo, Ohio hometown to Knoxville. He graduated from the University of Tennessee in Civil Engineering and has an ASCE member since graduation. He, his wife, Debbi, and his two children moved to Chattanooga in 2004. Since then, Russell has utilized his past experience in public service to provide consulting services to municipal and public utility clients. He opened the Chattanooga Office for Croy in early 2019.                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Maria Price is a registered Professional Engineer in TN & VA with a B.S. in Civil & Environmental Engineering from Tennessee Technological University. She has a diverse background in transmission engineering, environmental & construction activities, utility project management, multi-discipline project management and code enforcement. Maria has employment history with TVA, TDOT, several private firms and currently utilizes her talents for the City of Chattanooga as Engineering Manager for Public Works. She was named ASCE TN Section Government Engineer of the Year in 2017, is on the Tennessee Stormwater Association board and is the Vice Chair of the state ASCE's Environmental & Water Resources Institute (EWRI). She is the Creator & Director of the Chattanooga Development Symposium.

Besides her involvement in ASCE, she is chair of the Girl Scout Gold Award Review Board and leads a Daisy and a Brownie Troop for the Girl Scout Council of Southern Appalachians, formerly Charity Director for ConNooga and is involved in the Chattanooga Alumni Chapter of Omega Phi Alpha National Service Sorority.

When not working or involved in charity work, she spends time with her husband, 2 daughters & 2 Australian Cattle Dogs. She enjoys dancing, board games, off-roading, muscle cars, cooking and geeking out about stormwater.                                                 

Ben Byard is a Bridge Program Manager at the Tennessee Valley Authority. He received his BS and MS from Tennessee Technological University and his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Auburn University. Ben is a past-President and Treasurer of the Chattanooga ASCE Chapter. Ben is a Voting Member of ACI 231 Properties of Concrete at Early Ages and ACI 213 Lightweight Aggregates and Concrete. 

Kelli S. Richardson, P.E., CPESC is the Chief Engineer at Brown Bros. Inc. in Chattanooga. She has 20 years of experience in Civil Engineering, specializing in residential and commercial development. Kelli has a B.S. in Civil Engineering and a B.S. in Biology, both from Tennessee Technological University. She has her Professional Engineering license in Tennessee, Georgia, and Alabama. Through many years of being active in multiple societies (ASCE, Chattanooga Engineers Club, Society of Women Engineers, TNSA, and TSPE), Kelli has presented at luncheons, meetings, groups and conferences. She has served as a professional mentor in the ACE Program and spoken to school groups in middle and high schools. Kelli has been a guest presenter several times to the UTC ASCE Student Chapter and the UTC SWE Section to discuss the profession of engineering and the need for professional licensure.

Professional Society Participation:

  • NSPE/TSPE: Member, 2018-2019 & 2019-2020 President Chattanooga Chapter; 2020 Chattanooga TSPE Banquet Chair; E-Week Planning Committee Member (2017, 2018, 2019); TSPE State Awards Chair 2018-present.
  • Society of Women Engineers: Chattanooga Section 2017-2018 President, 2018-2019 Past-President; Chair of the 2018 Scholarship Wine Event Committee; 2018 & 2019 Nominating Committee
  • ASCE Member, Active in Chattanooga Branch; 2015-2017 EWRI TN State Board Member
  • 2019 Chattanooga Engineers Week People-to-People Award: award for outstanding service to the engineering profession and the community at-large.
  • 2019 TSPE State Distinguished Service Award

Kelli Richardson is from Soddy Daisy and still lives there today. She has been married for 21 years to her husband Matt, who is also a Civil Engineer. They met at Tennessee Tech University while going through the Civil Engineering program. They have two dogs, Sadie and Henry. Kelli and Matt are active members of Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Soddy Daisy. Kelli enjoys reading, hiking, music, and traveling. She loves history and architecture, especially their 100-year-old Tudor revival house. Kelli gives back to her hometown when possible, working with her church and various organizations, to help those in and around Soddy Daisy.