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  • Flood Control's Brosnihan earns honors at engineers conference

    Pima County Regional Flood Control District Engineer Deirdre Brosnihan, P.E. will need to clear some shelf space after winning two major statewide awards.
    The Arizona Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers honored Brosnihan with its Arizona Civil Engineer Distinguished Service Award and President’s Award at the ASCE state conference September 14 in Phoenix. Both prizes recognize her extraordinary service and leadership within the ASCE society, the civil engineering profession as a whole and her community.

    “We are very proud of Deirdre’s accomplishments. To bring home two of ASCE’s most prestigious awards for distinguished and dedicated service to her community and profession is unprecedented,” said District Deputy Director Andy Dinauer “Deirdre is very deserving of both awards – she exemplifies the high standards and qualities that earned her these awards.”

    Brosnihan joined ASCE in 2011 and has twice served as President of the Southern Arizona Branch Board, as well as President-Elect, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary. Additionally, Brosnihan co-chaired the 2017 and 2018 ASCE state conferences with the American Society of Highway Engineers, led the Society’s judging contingent at the Southern Arizona Research, Science and Engineering Foundation’s annual science fair, planned technical tours of numerous engineering projects and organized local screenings of the ASCE-produced film “Dream BIG.”  She also has been involved in the popular Winterhaven Festival of Lights, co-chairing ASCE’s annual fundraising effort for the Community Food Bank.

    Brosnihan said that she “feels incredibly grateful for the recognition and (she is) looking forward to organize more community outreach events as the Community Outreach Chair for the 2018 term.”  

    Brosnihan started with the District in 2008 following two years with Psomas engineering firm. Since then, she has overseen a number of major projects including Paseo de las Iglesias which won a National Recognition Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies in 2017. Currently, Brosnihan is heading up the District’s role installing bank protection for a major project in Marana - El Rio Preserve, a 104-acre site popular with birders. She also manages the improvements along the Santa Cruz River from Irvington to Drexel along with a few other projects.

    A 2004 graduate of the State of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Brosnihan holds a bachelor’s of science in environmental engineering and a master’s in hydrology and water resources from the University of Arizona. She received her professional engineering license in 2009.
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