HDR's Scholl (Layman) to Receive the Society of Women Engineers' Prism Award
Colleen Scholl (Layman), P.E., vice president and director of professional engineering services for HDR, has received a Society of Women Engineer’s Prism Award for her impact on the society and the engineering community. Colleen will accept the award at SWE’s annual conference, WE 17, in Austin, Texas on Oct. 27 during the formal awards banquet.
The Prism Award recognizes an individual who has charted her own path in the STEM fields by demonstrating a variety of outstanding career leadership activities in a technical field, as well as leadership in professional organizations and the community.
The award also recognizes Colleen's continuing dedication to SWE’s mission — striving to highlight the impact and importance of women in engineering across the globe, leading by example and demonstrating that a career in engineering can be a fulfilling, rewarding pursuit for women of any background.
Colleen is a past president of SWE and has been involved in the organization for more than 15 years. She has also held several other leadership positions at local and regional levels. She is passionate about SWE's mission and values, especially as a mentoring organization. Mentorship is very important to her, Colleen said. She is actively involved in mentoring college students, especially women, saying she gets as much from mentoring as the students do. “They refuel my passion and inspire me.”
In her role at HDR, Coleen directs the corporation’s engineering activities and leads a technical staff of approximately 1,200 engineers and scientists who work on industrial private sector projects around the world.
Colleen holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering technology from Thomas Edison State College, a master’s in water resources and environmental engineering from Villanova University, and an MBA in management of engineering and technology from North Central University. She is a registered professional engineer.
The Society of Women Engineers is the world’s largest advocate and catalyst for change for women in engineering and technology. The organization has over 30,000 members worldwide.
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