It’s not that Kimberly Pugel is somehow immune to fear.
When she thinks about planet-sized crises like climate change and water scarcity, she gets scared like anyone else.
It’s what she does next that marks Pugel as special.
She turns that fear into productive, positive action. A doctoral candidate at the University of Colorado Boulder, where she plans to complete her doctorate in civil engineering systems this summer, Pugel is not running from those challenges but instead facing them head-on, using an interdisciplinary array of skills to develop solutions.
ASCE has honored her as a 2021 New
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