Ozzy Bravo, P.E., M.ASCE, a 29-year-old geotechnical engineer with Terracon’s Lenexa, Kan. office has been named as one of 10 New Faces of Engineering by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). He will be honored at ASCE’s annual Outstanding Projects and Leaders (OPAL) Gala this week in Arlington, Va.
The prestigious New Faces recognition program promotes the achievement of young civil engineers by highlighting their contributions to and impact on society as illustrated in Bravo’s video here.
Bravo began his career as a structural engineer for Constructive Engineering Design in the oil and gas industries where he collaborated with Italian, French and Mexican professionals in Central America as a facilitator for the fabricator shop working with ironworkers. One of this team’s biggest successes was building the Etileno XXI plant in Veracruz, Mexico.
Currently, Bravo works on design-build projects as a senior staff geotechnical engineer. In this role, Bravo worked on the 35Express project in North Texas which will relieve traffic congestion in the region. He also used new laboratory equipment and methodologies to optimize designs and economize budgets for Department of Transportation clients.
An active ASCE member and volunteer, Bravo mentors high school, undergraduate and graduate students in STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) fields. He is also on the planning committee for ASCE’s 9th Annual Golf Tournament benefitting the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
In addition, Bravo also serves his community by presenting geotechnical engineering to high school students in a Boy Scouts of America program, volunteering at Harvesters Food Pantry, and teaching Sunday School at Holy Trinity Church in Lenexa.
“It is my responsibility and privilege to share my acquired skills with others and to help them achieve the same success I have achieved in my own life,” said Bravo in reference to volunteering.
Raised in Lima, Peru, Bravo came to the United States when he was 18 to receive his bachelor’s in engineering from The University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kan. He also received his master’s degree in geotechnical engineering from Texas A & M University in College Station, Texas.
Founded in 1852, the American Society of Civil Engineers represents more than 145,000 civil engineers worldwide and is America’s oldest national engineering society.
Now celebrating its 50th anniversary, Terracon is an employee-owned engineering consulting firm with more than 3,500 employees providing environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services from more than 150 offices nationwide. Terracon currently ranks 35th on Engineering News-Record’s List of Top 500 Design Firms. For more information about Terracon, visit terracon.com.