Civil engineering standout adds two more awards to her growing trophy case

October 9, 2020

Mississippi State civil engineering major Jessica Lewis has added a pair of impressive awards to her growing collection.

Lewis, a native of New Orleans, was recently selected as the Civil Engineering Student of the Year by the Mississippi Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers. She was also named as one of two students to receive the Shelly Brock Watson Student Scholarship.

Jessica Lewis

Jessica Lewis, a senior civil engineering major in Mississippi State’s Bagley College of Engineering, was chosen as Student of the Year by the Mississippi Section of ASCE.

“Being recognized by the Mississippi Section of ASCE alongside others who have also been mentored by Dr. (Isaac) Howard is an honor that gives me confidence that I can contribute to the legacy of those who have come before me,” Lewis said. Lewis is a senior in Mississippi State’s Bagley College of Engineering

The Engineering Student of the Year is awarded annually to recognize an outstanding civil engineering or civil engineering technology student who is enrolled in an undergraduate program and is active in ASCE within the Mississippi Section.

Up to four Shelly Brock Watson Student Scholarships are awarded each year and recipients are selected based on their academic performance, awards and honors and extra-curricular involvement.

“The Mississippi Section of ASCE is excited to recognize Jessica as our 2020 Civil Engineering Student of the Year,” said Jennifer Sloan Ziegler, 2020 President of the Mississippi Section of ASCE. “Our Board was extremely impressed with her accomplishments to date, her dedication to the civil engineering field, her efforts to give back and teach young children about our profession, and her potential as an up-and-coming professional. We believe Jessica has a very bright future ahead of her and feel lucky she chose to pursue her education and begin her career in our Section.”

Lewis was recently selected as one of just five college students from across the country to be named to the first class of Kirk Scholars by the Asphalt Institute Foundation. She was also awarded the Ergon Foundation Scholarship that is administered by the National Asphalt Pavement Association.

Lewis received the Undergraduate Pavements Researcher Award from MSU’s civil and environmental engineering department. She has also been a member of IDEAL Woman, an all-female leadership and community service organization at Mississippi State that focuses on academic excellence, professional development, and community service.

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By Philip Allison