Meet Heather Guillen PE, ENV SP
The ASCE Texas Section Board of Direction members were asked to fill out a questionnaire so that the Section’s members might get to know them a little better on a personal level. These are Vice-President for Educational Affairs, Heather Guillen’s answers.
When did you first get involved with ASCE at any level (student chapter, local branch, section)?
I originally got involved with ASCE over 20 years ago when I was an undergraduate student at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. When I moved to Houston, Texas I became involved as a young professional at the ASCE Houston Branch. In 2013, A coworker was the incoming ASCE Houston Branch President at that time and reached out to me about the secretary position. I was excited about the opportunity and wanted to support my friend and coworker, so I eagerly accepted the nomination. I held several board positions at the ASCE Houston Branch from 2013-2017 until a similar situation occurred which got me involved with serving at the Section level. In 2017, a friend from the ASCE Houston Branch was the incoming ASCE Texas Section President and reached out to me about the Student Activities Committee Chair position. Again, I was thrilled about another opportunity and of course, always want to support a friend, so I happily volunteered. I enjoyed serving on that committee for several years and now I’m honored to serve as the ASCE Texas Section Vice-President of Educational Affairs!
What is your favorite thing about ASCE?
Gaining long-lasting friendships with people who are just as passionate about promoting our profession, supporting colleagues, and having fun at the same time.
What do you love most about being a civil engineer?
The work we do can positively impact the lives of so many.
Give us three words to describe what a civil engineer does
Build, Solutions, Service
What is your favorite holiday?
Christmas. It’s the most wonderful time of the year.
Mountains or beach?
I love the beach! All you need is a good dose of vitamin sea.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Having a nice bottle of wine with the hubby and friends or having fun playing sports/games with my boys.
What would your superpower be?
Teleportation, obviously. I could have brunch in Paris, then spend the day at the beach in the Philippines and then finally watch the sunset in Greece.
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