SME Communinity - Women in Tunneling

Sanja Zlatanic, SVP - June 2019's #WomenWhoTunnel
By Molly Burford

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Each month, Women In Tunneling features an exemplary female member of the tunneling industry. For June 2019, this particular trailblazer is Sanja Zlatanic, SVP of HNTB Corporation! Read the interview with Zlatanic about her involvement in the industry, how she got started, and what we can do to bring more women into this exciting field.



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On January 23, 2019 ACUUS met in the HNTB offices at the Empire State Building for its North America Management Meeting.  In attendance were; Sanja Zlatanic – HNTB, ACUUS Board, Priscilla Nelson – ACUUS Board, Dr. Amy Huanqing Li – Manager of Services to Members, Shivani Patel- ACCUS North America Young Member Group, Dorothy McKie ACUUS North America administrative assistant, and potential members (Dominic Reda and Alfredo Valdivia of Gall Zeidler, and Gloria Lau of HNTB). The management meeting hosted by Ms. Zlatanic covered ACUUS activities with UN-HABITAT, World Urban Campaign and the forum at World Cities Day in Shanghai (October 31st, 2019).  Dr. Amy Huanqing Li presented a detailed Secretariat report of ACUUS activities, targeting priorities in the USA, marketing strategies and immediate goals (link to the presentation below). A major emphasis was placed on setting up Youth Group Americas with Shivani Patel as Chair.  This group will support the World Cities Day youth forum activities and collaborate with UCA Youth Committee for this major event to be held in Shanghai on 1st - 3rd November where ACUUS would be represented with its forum.


The Underground Construction Association of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (UCA of SMEtop awards



 The Underground Construction Association of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (UCA of SME) is pleased to announce the recipients of its top awards. The presentations will be made during the Awards Dinner on Tuesday, June 26, 2018, during the North American Tunneling Conference (NAT) in Washington, D.C.

Priscella Nelson

One of the top awards is for Dr. Priscilla Nelson, member of the Board of Directors of ACUUS. The UCA of SME's Outstanding Educator Award: Dr. Priscilla Nelson. This award is being presented to Dr. Nelson for her contributions in the field of tunneling and her dedication to the education of a new generation of engineers specialized in underground construction and tunneling in the U.S. In addition, UCA of SME recognizes her initiatives as a role model and inspiration for young female students pursuing advanced degrees in the field of tunneling. The award is presented to professors and teachers who have had an exceptional career in academia and education in the area of underground design and construction.