Megan McDonald, PE, LEED AP
WSP USA | Vice President – Transportation & Environmental Planning
What is your current or most recent position held on the Illinois Section board?
I most recently served as President of the Illinois Section in 2020, and subsequently served as Past President the following year.
What ASCE positions have you held in the past, including any technical groups and committees?
- Committee on Professional Advancement (CPA), Member (2022-2023, 2023-2024)
Illinois Section – Board
- Past President, 2020-2021
- President, 2019-2020
- President-Elect, 2018-2019
- Secretary, 2016-2018
- Director, 2014-2016
Illinois Section – Committees
- Communications Director / Newsletter Editor, 2014-2015
- Annual Dinner Committee Co-Chair & Support
Illinois Section – Technical Groups
- Younger Member Group (YMG) Chair, 2012-2013
- Also served as YMG Past Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer, and Social Director
Are there any other professional associations or organizations that you have been involved with?
Future Cities Judge for ASCE IL Section Awards (2019, 2021). I am looking forward to being more active in WTS in the coming year.
What has been your most rewarding moment or contribution to the Civil Engineering profession?
Volunteering my time through ASCE has been most rewarding for me, making connections and friendships with people through the organization and being able to attend such wonderful events like the IL Section Legislative Day and the Fly-In to Washington, D.C., Multi-Regional Conferences and ASCE Conventions. All of those have been such great experiences to meet new people and expand my network. I was also honored to be selected as ENR’s National Top 20 under 40 in 2022. So humbled to be included in such a great group of young engineers across the country.
What is your favorite thing to do in your free time, when you’re not working or volunteering for ASCE and other organizations?
I love being with my family, between soccer games (too many to count), gymnastics or traveling with my kiddos and husband. I think sharing experiences is the best way to enjoy our time and create memories.
What is one piece of advice you would give to Student or Younger Members as they start their careers in civil engineering?
Absolutely get involved with ASCE and find ways to volunteer and grow your network.
Megan is the Vice President for Transportation and Environmental Planning at WSP USA, Inc. in Chicago, Illinois. She currently leads the Illinois Planning Group for WSP, focusing on Phase I and transportation planning. She, along with her two kids and husband, loves to travel and catch a Cubs game in the neighborhood, even when the Cubs aren’t great as long as the weather is better!
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