Wallis-Lage, the first woman president of an operating business unit at Black & Veatch, is an established STEM leader through her dynamic leadership of more than 100 water projects around the world and longtime advocacy of STEM education, careers and initiatives. In 2012 she served as an executive sponsor for Kansas City’s Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day (IGED). IGED’s mission encourages and educates girls who have shown an aptitude in science, engineering, technology and math. “Helping to illuminate the path for all people in the STEM disciplines is an obligation I take very seriously,” said Wallis-Lage. “The Society of Women Engineers is a vital partner in celebrating and advancing the role women play in connecting our world, improving and empowering our communities and safeguarding our most precious resources. I’m humbled and grateful for SWE’s recognition.” Porter is a Transmission Line Project Engineer for Black & Veatch whose duties include design and supervision of overhead transmission line projects. Her work involves managing the engineering design throughout the planning, design, and construction of rebuild and rerates of transmission lines. Porter is currently the chair of the Black & Veatch Women’s Network and has also been actively engaged with supporting IGED. “Looking at SWE’s roster of honorees this year, I’m proud to stand with an impressive group of women making a difference and blazing a trail that will lead to more women in engineering and the STEM field,” Porter said. “Our industry, perhaps more than any other, benefits from diverse backgrounds and perspectives to solve our world’s various infrastructure challenges.” The Society of Women Engineers, founded in 1950, is the world's largest advocate and catalyst for change for women in engineering and technology. Its annual conference will gather more than 14,000 professional and collegiate men and women in engineering and technology for professional development, education and networking. Media Contact Information: CHRISTOPHER CLARK | 913-458-2778 p | 816-674-0572 m | email@example.com-HOUR MEDIA HOTLINE | +1 866 496 9149 0 About Black & Veatch Black & Veatch is an employee-owned, global leader in building critical human infrastructure in Energy, Water, Telecommunications and Government Services. Since 1915, we have helped our clients improve the lives of people in over 100 countries through consulting, engineering, construction, operations and program management. Our revenues in 2017 were US$3.4 billion. Follow us on www.bv.com and in social media. Related Insights With Grid Modernization, Utilities Poised For Most Visible Transformation The annual Strategic Directions Report series offers analysis and insights into key issues and trends facing the smart cities and utilities, electric, natural gas, and water utility sectors. Digital Water There’s huge potential to reap the true benefits of advances in digital water future, no matter what stage of the journey you are on. From Drones to Senders: Innovation Gaining Sway Among Electric Utility Leaders With their infrastructure graying and renewable energy posing growing threats to their customer bases and bottom lines, electric utilities are awakening to the power afforded by dynamic advances in construction, from the deployment of drones to innovative construction practices. Amid the prospect of a continued shift to decentralized, digital grids and the broadening appeal of increasingly affordable solar power systems, electricity suppliers no longer have the luxury of resisting change or delaying the adoption of next-generation power delivery. Black & Veatch uses Memphis sewer project as moment to mentor contractors about avoiding job harm Black & Veatch shared its time-tested safety practices during a free seminar for local supervisors and contractors working on the 10-year Memphis Sanitary Sewer Overflow program. Stormwater Management: Program Planning Critical to Resilient Systems Understanding key industry priorities and investment drivers can help stormwater utility managers balance the diverse and complex financial, regulatory and community needs involved in stormwater management.