Associate engineer strives to improve communities through structural engineering innovation
Elizabeth S. Brownell is passionate about bettering communities through innovative structural engineering solutions and loves collaborating with her clients. She has spent more than a decade designing bridges and preparing construction bid documents for Maine DOT, Mass DOT and private owners with bridge design experience ranging from new construction to rehabilitation and preservation. Her recent work in Maine includes the Yarmouth Public Safety Building, a project for which she was project engineer during design. She also serves as project manager on the Staples Bridge replacement project in North Berwick. At Mass Highway, Brownell investigated concrete ceiling panel connections in the Big Dig tunnels, and recommended other repairs to the I-90 tunnel system following the tragic ceiling panel collapse. Outside work, she has promoted the advancement of women through her leadership in Maine Chapter of the Women’s Transportation Seminar. Brownell has served in a variety of leadership roles since joining the Maine Chapter in 2011, growing the to more than 60 members. As WTS scholarship chair, she coordinated, evaluated and awarded scholarships to Maine high school seniors.