Celebrating Member Accomplishments

WTS Maine





Liz Brownell


Elizabeth S. Brownell, 38
Engineer improves communities
Thornton Tomasetti
Portland, Maine

Named one of ENR New England's Top Young Professionals in 2021!

See excerpts below from ENRs article on this amazing honor:

This year’s Top Young Professionals from the New England region have forged construction career paths in unique ways and, through their example, have inspired and motivated their teams to push the boundaries of what is possible. All have cultivated diverse technical and leadership skills that are an asset to the industry as well as to their communities.

Under age 40 as of Jan. 1, the honorees are based in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. The panel of industry judges considered candidates’ experience, education, leadership and community service in making the selections. The 2021 judges were: Adrienne Nelson, associate at Pickard Chilton; Ryan Sauer, construction executive at PC Construction Co.; and Rebecca Greenleaf, CEO of Architectural Engineer Inc.

Passionate about bettering communities through structural engineering solutions, Brownell develops strong relationships with her clients, a priority throughout her career, according to her firm. She enjoys collaborating with her clients and finds it “a very gratifying part of her job.” Brownell has designed bridges and prepared construction bid documents for Maine and Massachusetts transportation agencies as well as private owners, with bridge design experience ranging from new construction to rehabilitation and preservation.

Her recent work in Maine includes the 28,500-sq-ft Yarmouth Public Safety Building, a $9-million project for which she was project engineer during design and also managed the construction phase. For the $1-million Staples Bridge replacement project in North Berwick, Brownell serves as project manager on her first design-build project delivery.
Brownell’s transportation agency experience includes investigating concrete ceiling panel connections in the Big Dig tunnels and recommending other repairs to the I-90 tunnel system following a ceiling panel collapse in 2006 that caused a fatality.

Beyond the office and jobsite, she has promoted the advancement of women through leadership in the state Women’s Transportation Seminar chapter. Brownell, also selected for ENR’s national Top 20 Under 40 list, has served in a variety of leadership roles since joining the chapter in 2011 and helped grow it from 10 members to more than 60. As WTS scholarship chair, she has coordinated, evaluated and awarded $25,000 in scholarships to Maine high school seniors.

To read about other New England region winners, click link to the full article below:

ENR New England Top Young Professionals


Congratulations Liz and thank you for all you do for our Chapter!

Liz currently chairs WTS-Maine’s membership committee. She also serves on the programs committee. Prior to chairing membership, Liz chaired WTS-Maine’s scholarship committee. We are so thankful for her dedication to WTS-Maine.