Henderson named 2006 Greater Houston Chapter TSPE Young Engineer of the Year

(HOUSTON–March 2006)  Melissa Henderson, PE, has been named the 2006 Young Engineer of the Year by the Greater Houston Chapter of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE). Melissa was one of many nominated for the award and was chosen by a committee of her peers. As the 2006 Young Engineer of the Year, she will represent the Greater Houston Chapter as a nominee for the TSPE state-wide award.

Henderson is practicing civil engineering at LAN, which she joined in 2001after earning her graduate degree. She is a project engineer and serves as a group leader within LAN’s Surface Water Transmission Program Management Team. Her primary work areas include hydraulic and transient modeling, master plans, large diameter water main design and construction phase services, and environmental site assessments.

Henderson, a licensed professional engineer in the state of Texas, holds a master’s degree in hydrology for environmental management from the Imperial College of Science, Technology, and Medicine in London, England, and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

She currently serves the TSPE Greater Houston Chapter as the Houston Engineer’s Week (EWeek) Committee General Chair. She has previously served on the EWeek committee as vice-chair, finance chair, and engineer of the year banquet chair. In addition, Henderson has been treasurer of TSPE’s MATHCOUNTS committee since 2002.

Henderson is also a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers and the American Society of Civil Engineers. She is a member of Eagle’s Nest International Church, where she serves as the office manager, assistant minister and worship leader. She has been on several mission trips to Central America and outreaches in the United States.

Henderson is also vice president of the Al Lawrence Running Club (ALRC) and a member of the Houston Area Road Runners Association (HARRA). She was the ALRC Female Runner of the Year for 2004 and 2005 and placed second in HARRA’s Runner of the Season competition in 2004 and 2005. Henderson was the third local female finisher at the 2006 Houston Marathon and is training for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China. She hopes to qualify in the marathon and represent her home country of Belize.

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