A passion for water has fueled the development of this Ohio native
30, Senior Engineer
Daniel B. Stephens & Associates Inc.
One of the youngest winners this year, Kelly Isaacson has already managed diverse design projects, including a new surface water diversion and conveyance system in Ojai, Calif., and an evapotranspiration cover for the reclamation and final closure of leach pads in Lovelock, Nev. She also developed models for alternative landfill cover designs for clients in Australia. Isaacson is involved in Engineers Without Borders, having travelled to Bolivia, where she helped facilitate workshops on hygiene habits, taught villagers the importance of clean water, installed hand-washing stations and designed, installed and taught villagers how to maintain water filters made using sand.
Practicing architect turned full-time teacher
37, Assistant Lecturer
University of Arizona School of Architecture
An academic with real-world experience, Brad Lang has spent the past 15 years at some of the most renowned design firms in the country and at top-shelf universities. After graduating from the University of Arizona School of Architecture, he spent nearly four years at Marmol Radziner Architecture before receiving his master's degree from Columbia University and beginning his adjunct teaching career. He later moved to Phoenix, where he worked at both Gould Evans Architecture and SmithGroupJJR while also teaching in the design studio at Arizona State University. About a year ago, Lang became a full-time teacher, joining the University of Arizona School of Architecture. Some of his notable projects include the award-winning Westin Phoenix downtown addition and the recently completed Paradise Valley Community College Kranitz Student Center expansion and remodel.