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STV Engineer Honored with 2024 ACEC/Massachusetts Young Professional Award

Apr 8, 2024
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STV’s Alison Love, S.E., P.E., senior associate and engineer in Boston, was recently honored by the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC)/Massachusetts with its Young Professional of the Year Award. This award recognizes the accomplishments of young professionals who have contributed to the engineering profession and impacted society.

“It’s an honor to be recognized for my work and my involvement in the community over the duration of my career,” Love said. “I know I have many years and a lot of work ahead of me, and I hope and trust that I will maintain the same enthusiasm for what I do because of the people who surround me in my professional and personal life.”

Love began her STV career in 2011 after graduating from Cornell University. She quickly became involved in industry events and organizations, particularly the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS). A few years later, she pursued her master’s degree from Northeastern University in Boston.

The growth and expansion of STV’s Boston practice over the past 13 years has been a big contributor to Love’s career success. “This growth has allowed me to work alongside exceptional engineers and professionals, tackling some of the most intricate and high-profile projects in the region,” she said. “Their work has been instrumental in replacing or rehabilitating vital bridges, ensuring the region’s infrastructure remains robust and functional.”

One of the most notable projects Love has worked on was the Longfellow Bridge Rehabilitation, a historic bridge that carries roadway and light rail trains across the Charles River in Boston. She was involved from the proposal phase through design and construction, including a year on-site at the design-build contractor’s field office.

“I’m proud of how our team worked through various challenges that arose due to the nature of the project, including the historic elements and staged construction to keep the bridge open to motorists, passenger rail and pedestrians throughout the entire construction duration,” Love said. “The project is now complete, which has rejuvenated one of the most iconic and historic bridges in Massachusetts.”

Through these experiences, Love has had the opportunity to share her knowledge with early career professionals, guiding them as they navigate complex infrastructure projects. She has had great formal and informal mentors throughout her career.

“They’ve all encouraged me to put myself out there and take advantage of the opportunities that are available through professional societies and industry events,” Love said. “Through organizations like WTS and networking opportunities, I’ve expanded my network, gained invaluable personal growth experiences and developed skills directly applicable to my work.”