The magazine Civil + Structural Engineer recently named Carrie Walden, PE, senior project manager at CE Solutions, as one of their 2017 “Rising Stars in Structural Engineering.” From what I witnessed working with her at CE Solutions for eight years, she has been a rock star for a long time.
When it comes to providing professional services—like that of structural engineering—the technical solutions are only part of the equation. Carrie has always impressed me with her ability to solve complex problems and effectively communicate with her clients and consultants. All the while, she builds lasting, genuine relationships by the way she interacts with people and how she truly cares about their wellbeing.
Carrie and her family have moved to different cities and states over the years, but she has remained a dedicated employee of CE Solutions, mastering the challenges of working remotely before the concept was common. And while I already had respect for Carrie, it multiplied even more after I observed her in action, doing fieldwork for one of her concrete repair and restoration projects—conditions that definitely require some grit.
In addition to being a wonderful mother to her three children, Carrie invests in the future generations by regularly visiting elementary schools to teach students about structural engineering. For the last two years, she has led CE Solutions’ participation in “Passport to Hi Tech.” The event at Conner Prairie is geared toward getting girls interested in careers in science, technology, engineering, and math—fields that need more women represented.
"Success is rarely a single event by a single person, but rather consistent effort over a course of time with many influences and impacts from other people along the way,” Carrie said. Often inspired by scripture, she encourages others to “...run with perseverance the race marked out for us (Hebrews 12:1)."
Congratulations to Carrie for being named a Rising Star and being an inspiration to women in the design and construction industry, both for today, and tomorrow!
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