Paige Glassman is a transportation planning specialist at Traffic Planning & Design located in Philadelphia, PA. She graduated from the University of Delaware in 2013 with a degree in Civil Engineering, and received her Master’s in Civil Engineering from Villanova University in 2018. Prior to working at TPD, Paige worked as a traffic engineer at Pennoni. Paige is entering her fifth year on the YMF board, previously serving as College Contacts chair from 2014-2017, and currently serving as the Society Liaison chair, as well as the head of YMF’s table at the GETT (Girl’s Exploring Tomorrow’s Technology) Expo. In her spare time, she enjoys completing jigsaw puzzles, writing haikus, going down the shore and spending time with family and friends.
What does being a board member of the YMF mean to you?I really enjoy being on the YMF board. Initially, I joined because I thought it would be beneficial for my career, but I’ve continued to stay on the board because I appreciate working with my colleagues as we are a team and plan many events that are beneficial to the community. As a board member, I’ve had the opportunity to enrich my engineering experience through networking events and tours, as well as help secure the future of the profession, as the YMF board is involved in a variety of STEM-education programs for high school students. I enjoy providing STEM opportunities to students, as it continues our legacy and strengthens the future of our engineering society.
What has been the greatest challenge you have faced in your career so far?The greatest challenge I’ve faced in my career was being told by someone I respected that I wasn’t cut out for engineering. Although initially defeated, it gave me resolve to take ownership of my career and not sit on the sidelines, hoping that everything would turn out how I envisioned. A second challenge I faced was attempting to take two grad school classes a semester while also working full time and trying to minimalize the sacrifices to my social life. Looking back, although I often second guessed the decision as I juggled work, school and life for 3 years, graduating Villanova with a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering is probably one of the best decisions I've made.
Who are your role models?My role models are my parents. They inspire me to be the best person I can be. They provide me with a framework and support that has enabled me to reach this level in my career. Every day, they set an example of what excellence looks like and continually challenge themselves on the job and throughout their personal lives, motivating me to do the same.
In retrospect, what do you know now that you wish you knew before you pursued your engineering education?I wish I knew that being myself would ultimately be the key to my success and happiness. It took time to figure out the best way to navigate the challenges I faced as a new female graduate entering the workforce, including translating my academic career into practical application and learning to work with a variety of people in a corporate setting. I also wish I knew that I would use hyphens on a regular basis.
What has been your favorite part of the ASCE YMF Mentorship Program?My favorite part of the ASCE YMF Mentorship Program is that it allows me to give back, nurture others and provides me with opportunities to help others learn while learning myself. In college, I was fortunate to join an engineering sorority where as an undergraduate, I had the opportunity to meet and network with members who had already graduated and who were professionals in a judgement free zone. I know for a fact that I wouldn’t be where I am today in my career had I not participated in this program. I really enjoyed being a mentor this year, as it gave me the opportunity to be a resource and connect with my mentee.