Kermanshachi Wins Dallas Business Journal Diversity Award – News Center

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Sharareh (Sherri) Kermanshachi, an associate professor of civil engineering at the University of Texas at Arlington, has won the prestigious 2022 Leaders in Diversity Award from the Dallas Business Journal.

The Dallas Business Journal has selected 11 individuals and five companies for its Class of 2022. The winners demonstrate an exceptional commitment to promoting practices that advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace. These winners have also demonstrated leadership and strengthened equality in all areas of diversity, including age, disability, gender, sexual orientation, race and religion.

The Dallas Business Journal will honor Kermanshachi and its other honorees on March 3.

Sharareh (Sherri) Kermanshachi

“I am honored to receive this prestigious award,” Kermanshachi said. “It means so much to be recognized for helping and encouraging diversity and supporting women in this world.”

Kermanshachi is Director of the Resilient Infrastructure and Sustainable Environment Lab and Director of Technology Transfer for UTA’s Center for Transportation Equity, Decisions and Dollars.

Ali Abolmaali, director and professor of the Department of Civil Engineering, said Kermanshachi is determined to make engineering and construction more representative.

“Engineering is one of the areas where improvement is needed when it comes to diversity,” Abolmaali said. “Dr. Kermanshachi does just that in what she writes, what she stands for and most importantly what she stands for.

Kermanshachi has published several articles focused on assessing gender-based pay gaps for women in engineering fields. She has also carried out several research and awareness projects to stimulate the participation of women and other minorities in engineering.

Some of these publications include:

• “A gender-based analysis of workforce promotion factors in US transportation agencies”

• “Predictive Modeling of Diversity Trends in the United States Transportation Workforce: A Study of Human Capital Recruitment and Retention in Complex Environments”

• “Survey of barriers and their solutions to overcoming women’s involvement in the construction industry in the United States”

• “Effectiveness of Engineering Workshops in Attracting Hispanic Female Students to Construction Careers”

• “Pathway to Developing Influential Hispanic Leaders”

• “Representation of women in federal transport agencies: a descriptive analysis”

Kermanshachi has also investigated barriers to women’s participation in engineering projects, the results of which have been published in several international journals and conference proceedings, including the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)-Construction Research Congress.

Kermanshachi also spends a lot of time encouraging female K-12 students to pursue careers in higher education and engineering.

“I visit K-12 girls in my free time to encourage them and tell them the truth about engineering and construction jobs,” Kermanshachi said. “A lot of girls have a misconception of what can be done in these areas.”

In addition to her positions at UTA, Kermanshachi has won numerous awards, including the Rosa Parks Leadership Diversity Award 2021, Women in Technology Award 2020, Mark Hasso Educator of the Year Award 2020, Design Build in America (DBIA) Distinguished 2018 Leadership Award and the 2018 Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award.

She won the 2021 Best Paper Education Award and the 2021 Construction Associated Schools Teaching Award. She was named to Civil + Structural Engineer magazine’s Rising Stars list and was also the only academic recipient of the Texas and Louisiana Engineering News Record Top 20 Under 40 Award 2017.

Kermanshachi has received several other national and regional awards, including the ASCE Professional Service Award, ASCE Excellence in Civil Engineering Education Fellowship, Utility Engineering & Surveying Institute Fellowship, ASCE Outstanding Reviewer, Open Educational Resources Research Fellowship, DBIA Owner Scholarship and the Graduate Climate Award. .

In addition to supervising several postdoctoral, doctoral and master’s students, Kermanshachi is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Transportation Research Record and the ASCE Journal of Legal Affairs and Dispute Resolution in Engineering and Construction. She is also the founder and currently serves as an education advisor for UTA’s DBIA chapter and the student chapters of the Associated General Contractors of America and the Construction Management Association of America.

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