PITTSBURGH (April 11, 2019) ... This year’s Distinguished Alumni from the University of
Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering have worked with lesson plans and
strategic plans, cosmetics and the cosmos, brains and barrels and bridges. It’s
a diverse group, but each honoree shares two things in common on their long
lists of accomplishments: outstanding achievement in their fields, and of
course, graduation from the University of Pittsburgh.
This year’s recipient for the Department of Civil and
Environmental Engineering is Ruthann Omer, P.E., BSCE ‘83, President and CEO of
The six individuals representing each of the Swanson
School’s departments and one overall honoree representing the entire school
gathered at the 55th annual Distinguished Alumni Banquet at the University of
Pittsburgh’s Alumni Hall to accept their awards. James R. Martin II, US Steel
Dean of Engineering, led the banquet for the first time since starting his
tenure at Pitt in the fall.
“For more than 150 years, civil engineering alumni from Pitt
have made outstanding contributions to society and human life, and Ruthann is
no exception,” said Dean Martin. “We would like to recognize her for her impact
on the field of civil engineering in the region, as well as her philanthropic
support of the next generation of women engineers.”
About Ruthann L. Omer
Ms. Ruthann Omer was the President of The Gateway Engineers, for 25 years
where she helped create and implement successful business strategies. The
company has over 150 employees and three offices in the region. Ms. Omer spent
over three decades serving on the Board of Directors while also managing a wide
range of civil engineering projects for seven municipalities in Southwestern PA.
She has broken barriers in the engineering business as the
first female municipal engineer in Allegheny County. As a female executive in a
historically male-lead industry, Ms. Omer implemented creative strategies that
allowed a boutique local engineering firm to grow into a full service
engineering company that ranked consistently among the ENR’s top 500 A/E firms.
Ms. Omer was the youngest graduate of the Pittsburgh Chamber
of Commerce Leadership Pittsburgh Program Year VIII. After taking her EIT in college,
she went on to obtain her Professional Engineers license from Pennsylvania. She
has received numerous accolades for her achievements including the
“Pennsylvania State Engineer of the Year” and the “Pittsburgh Business Times
Woman of Influence Award,” and is touted as an expert in local government
relations and infrastructure systems regional planning and implementation.
After 40 years with Gateway Engineers, Ms. Omer
retired and started another consulting firm, Omer Advisors, Inc., where she
continues to work in the government relations field.
Contact: Leah Russell