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Erica Antoine, PE

Erica Antoine, PE is a Project Manager at Burns Engineering headquartered in Philadelphia, PA. Erica has over 10 years of experience managing railroad and transit projects. Her noteworthy projects include SEPTA 5th Street / Independence Mall Station Renovation, Amtrak Washington Union Station Crew Base Expansion, and DRPA PATCO Franklin Square Station Reopening. Erica serves on the Executive Board of Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) Philadelphia Chapter as Recording Secretary and volunteers as a mentor for the Transportation You Program. She is active on the Delaware Valley Engineer’s Week Committee. Erica was named one of ASCE’s New Faces of Civil Engineering in 2013 and was awarded the WTS Philadelphia Chapter Member of the Year in 2016. Erica graduated from Drexel University in 2009 with dual degrees, a B.S in Civil Engineering and a B.S. in Architectural Engineering. This past year, Erica served as a mentor for the ASCE Philadelphia YMF Mentorship Program. She lives in North Wales, PA with her husband Rick, daughter Elena, two dogs, and a cat.

What is your personal mantra?

I live by the mantra “Dream Bigger”. As a female professional engineer, I attempt to push the limits, explore the unknown, and solve problems in unexpected ways. I dream big by working hard to pursue my goals in my career and personal life. I dream bigger by being a role model for my daughter and mentoring young girls and women interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

In retrospect, what do you know now that you wish you knew before you pursued your engineering education?

The unquantifiable value of failure. Failure is not an excuse to quit or the conclusion of a task; failure introduces the opportunity to try again and to learn from mistakes. From failure, a person gains experience, knowledge, resilience, and growth. Failure is an inevitable part of success.

What has been your favorite part of the mentorship program?

Mentoring young women in middle school to college has been personally and professionally fulfilling. My favorite part of the mentorship program is engaging students and maintaining a professional relationship throughout their academic and professional careers. Looking back on the progress from our initial introduction to present day, it’s inspiring how much each student has accomplished.