International Women in Engineering Day 

International women in Engineering Day

Today marks the tenth annual celebration of International Women in Engineering Day (INWED). INWED, celebrated each year on June 23, brings much needed recognition to women in engineering, all of whom make up only 16.5% of the industry’s workforce. 

INWED is a public awareness campaign that not only focuses on raising the profile of women in engineering but also helps to educate women about the field and the many potential career opportunities within the industry.  

The Women’s Engineering Society (WES) is credited with founding INWED. The English charity and membership society dates back to 1919. The society, whose primary goal is to ensure equality for women in engineering, was founded following the end of World War I, when women were not allowed to remain in technical roles and were, instead, forced to return to the home.  

Each year, many organizations and individuals across the globe observe INWED by celebrating the women engineers in their firm or personal circle, speaking to youth, or by making monetary contributions.  

L.I. Smith & Associates (LIS) has made a similar commitment this year. Throughout 2023, LIS and its staff members have committed to assisting local schools throughout Henry County with their STEM programs. STEM education integrates science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in an applied learning approach. Students learn in hands-on, real-world applications. STEM education programs are crucial in exposing young people, specifically young women, to career paths that they may not otherwise be aware. 

LIS President Patrick Smith stated, “There is simply not a proportional number of women and minorities in the STEM fields.  Proportionally, half of the intellect in the world belongs to women. In civil engineering, that proportion drops to a mere 16%.”   

LIS staff members will contribute to local schools through volunteering their time in the classroom, sharing their knowledge and expertise as mentors, and sponsorships that will allow schools to purchase essential equipment. 

“How do you get students into a field that they know nothing about?  You must show them,” remarked Smith.  

In the United States, only 30% of the STEM workforce is comprised of women. By raising awareness through STEM programs, educators and professionals alike hope to increase the STEM workforce, while also reaching young women in the school systems and providing a means for them to learn more about STEM careers and opportunities.  


River North Development to Transform Nashville’s Downtown  

River North Development to Transform Nashville’s Downtown

The River North District Waterfront Development will transform Nashville’s Downtown through the incorporation of the Cumberland River. The 125-acre development is a mixed-use district and is located on the Cumberland riverfront.   

The development, known as the Landings at River North, will provide the community with a beautiful mixed-use development that will allow people to live, work, and play with a river view. Residents will also have the convenience of downtown Nashville just minutes away. 

The mixed-use district will consist of two 7-story-tall, luxury apartment buildings, The Oxbow and The Wayward. The apartments will provide more than 600 residential units. Surrounding the residential buildings will be office spaces and 50,000 square feet of retail shops. Ultimately, the Landings at River North will include a waterfront public park, marina, and new pedestrian bridge over the Cumberland River connecting Germantown to East Nashville.  

“The Landings at River North will greatly enhance this growing development on this side of the Cumberland River,” stated LIS Chief Operating Officer (COO) Chris Conrad. “The beautiful views and proximity to the bustling downtown will be a great draw to the area.” 

As a subcontractor to Archer Western, the L.I. Smith & Associates (LIS) team has supplied horizontal and vertical control for the project as well as quality control and quality assurance by providing as-built survey data to confirm elevations and positions of the structure. This will ensure that construction will be performed to the specifications required, ensuring safety and security for the owner’s investment. 

LIS also performed construction staking of the more critical areas such as the bioretention pond and base line grid control. These areas have critical specifications that must be adhered to for the success of the project. LIS continues to work closely with Archer Western to ensure that the project runs smoothly and that the requirements are met.   

The projected date for the completion of the Landings at River North has not been set at this time.  


LIS Monthly Staff Photo Competition – May 2023

Staff Photo Competition - May 2023

Last year, we introduced our Staff Photo Competition. This competition allowed our staff to showcase the work they did, the locations they visited, as well as their professional and personal achievements. For our staff members, no two workdays are alike, so we received a wide range of unique photos! 

Following last year’s success, we decided to toughen the competition. Some months will now have photo themes. To win a themed month, a photo should match the theme! For other months, we will accept photos of all subject matter.   

Each month, one photo is chosen as the winner. Additional photo(s) are also highlighted as honorable mentions. Since the participants could submit any photo they wanted this month, we saw many creative submissions! 

Submission Winner: Tanner Boley

Tanner Boley took a picture of our Nashville intern Juan Henriquez-Hernandez learning the ropes at Oxford Properties in Antioch, Tenn. This has been a multiyear apartment complex project that will be finalized in the fall.

Tanner will be celebrating one year with LIS in July and works at the Nashville office.

Honorable Mention: Blake Alexander

Blake Alexander captured of Rodman Travis Prather crossing the Paint Rock River in Holley Tree, AL. The crew was finishing up painting the property line and setting the corner markers. This was a wetlands conservation survey for the Natural Resource Conservation Service.

Blake is a Party Chief at the Paris office and has been working at LIS for seven years. 


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