CEE Students Receive MOLES Award and Scholarship

Kyle Root, Katherine Brody, and Chris Irwin were all recognized by the professional society of construction industry leaders


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The MOLES, a prestigious organization of leaders in the heavy construction industry, bestowed its annual award and scholarship upon three Lehigh students this month.

Kyle Root and Katherine Brody have each received a MOLES scholarship of $6,000, while Chris Irwin has been given the MOLES Award of $1,000. They were honored at the civil and environmental engineering department's award ceremony during Lehigh's family weekend on Saturday, October 8. They will also attend the Moles Reception and Dinner in New York City later this year.

To be considered for the Moles Scholarship, one must show academic excellence within and passion for the field of civil engineering. Root and Brody were both chosen because they have proven to be leaders in and out of the classroom. Root is a member of the ASCE Steel Bridge team at Lehigh University. He has worked on structural documentation for Amtrak, construction management at Walt Disney Theme Park and Resorts, and the structural design of the new Philadelphia skyline at Thornton Tomasetti.

Brody has worked on assessing damages to buildings, bridges, levees, and other structures due to the 2010 earthquake in Maule, Chile, as well as the 2011 earthquakes in Tohoku, Japan, and Christchurch, New Zealand. She is currently competing with a team of students in the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) seismic design competition to build a cost-efficient wood structure that can resist a simulated earthquake.

The MOLES Award, meanwhile, is for a student in engineering whose academic achievement and enthusiastic application shows outstanding promise of personal development leading to a career in construction management.

Irwin is also representing Lehigh University in the EERI competition this year and has previously participated in the Steel Bridge competition. He has also participated in renovation projects for old academic building on campus and the assessment of energy efficiencies of constructed facilities, their emissions, and their potential for alternative energy use.

MOLES members are leaders in their profession who are dedicated to promoting the industry and supporting their colleagues through outreach programs and networking opportunities. To learn more about the organization, visit themoles.info.

By John Gilpatrick


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