The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) named Jameelah Muhammad one of its 10 under 30 in its 2013 New Faces of Civil Engineering program. ASCE annually selects the honorees based on their engineering knowledge and commitments to values as stated in the Society’s report, which sees engineers as being “entrusted by society to create a sustainable world and enhance the global quality of life.”
A structural engineer at Parsons Brinckerhoff’s Chicago office, Muhammad works in the movable bridges department to preserve, inspect and modify those structures. She was involved with the rehabilitation of Chicago’s Congress Parkway Bridge, which reopened in May 2012. She is currently project engineer for the modification of a historic bascule bridge.
Muhammad graduated from Princeton in 2004 with a BSE in civil engineering and a certificate in architecture and engineering. She holds a master’s in civil engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. For the summer of 2002, she was an intern at the Kajima Technical Research Institute in Tokyo, completing a training program on earthquake-resistant design, wind-resistant design and vibration control for buildings and bridges.
In 2012 Muhammad served as chair of the Structural Engineering Institute chapter within ASCE, Illinois Section. More recently, she attended Chicago Filmmakers, a media arts organization, with the goal of combining civil engineering and film to create a documentary about the role of engineers.