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Urban’s Kirsten Brown Receives Inaugural Presidential Emerging Leader Award at WTS Philadelphia Gala
Publication Date
November 30th 2018, 9:00 am

Urban is pleased to announce that Kirsten Brown was given the Emerging Leader Award at the annual WTS Philadelphia Awards Gala at the Bellevue hotel. The award is given to a WTS member who demonstrates growing leadership skills within the chapter. The organization also recently recognized Urban Project Manager Abbey Gancz, PE, LEED AP, who was installed as recording secretary for the chapter.


“We could not be more thrilled to award Kirsten Brown the Emerging Leader Award,” said Patti Gibson May, president of WTS Philadelphia. “She has displayed keen leadership and organizational skills, and has shown promise in making a positive contribution to the transportation industry.”


Ms. Brown had dreamed of becoming an engineer and attending Drexel University since age five. Lucky for her five-year-old self, she earned a dual undergraduate degree in civil engineering and architectural engineering from Drexel, which gives her a diverse background to bring to aviation projects. A member of Urban’s aviation department, Ms. Brown is experienced in both design and construction on airfield, facility, site development, and structural projects. She collaborates with a variety of design subconsultants and airport staff on a daily basis. She has designed projects utilizing FAA, local, and military standards. Her other airport experience includes a diverse mix between design, management and construction oversight for airports such as Trenton-Mercer, College Park, and Niagara Falls International Airport Air Reserve Station.


Ms. Gancz is a recent graduate of WTS’ Mid-Career Leadership Program. She chaired the professional development committee for the Philadelphia chapter’s previous term. Professionally, Ms. Gancz has worked on some of Philadelphia’s most important projects for Urban, including the ARLE-funded Citywide Intersection Improvements, South Broad Street Pedestrian Safety Improvements, and the Roosevelt Boulevard Enhanced Bus Service Stations.


WTS Philadelphia, a local chapter of WTS International, is a group focused on promoting the development and advancement of women in the transportation industry in the Delaware Valley region since 1979. The organization hosts an awards event annually recognizing people, projects, and organizations who align with the WTS mission.