Way hopes to achieve more than just shaping transportation for the future; she also wants to inspire young minds to continue to making engineering advances.
“One thing that I am really passionate about is STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics] education,” she said. “I frequently speak about the California High-Speed Rail project or engineering as a career to students of all ages. The projects we work on are exciting for everyone, and it is incredibly invigorating to see that fascination on the faces of students.”
She believes there should be more encouragement to help students understand how they can chart a path to an engineering career.
“To build the next generation of engineers, planners and infrastructure professionals, it is critical that today’s students understand the opportunities that are available to them to build the cities and communities of the future,” Way said.
Her community involvement and professional achievements are what make Way a Rising Star.
“It is a huge honor to be nominated, let alone selected,” she said. “What struck me about this award is the broad base of honorees. While all are involved in railroading in some way, honorees come from across government, private freight railroads, rail suppliers, academia and other elements of the industry.”
Way will receive the award at the 2018 Rising Stars Recognition Dinner on July 22 in Chicago.
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