Avery Louise Bang
Avery believes that every person has a right to safe access—and she has built an innovative, scalable approach to act on that belief. Since joining B2P as a volunteer in 2006, Bang has developed a scalable model to ensure safe year-round access to schools, markets and health clinics through pedestrian bridge building and training in rural developing communities.
As one of ENR’s Top 25 Newsmakers of 2012, Avery was also honored on ENR Mountain Region’s Top 20 Under 40 list in 2013, and was selected as one of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Fresh Faces in 2011, recognizing the top ten Civil Engineers under 30. Avery is a Distinguished Young Alumni of The University of Iowa, recipient of the Recent Alumni Award from The University of Colorado at Boulder, and received an honorary doctorate degree from Clarkson University in 2014.
Avery spoke at TEDx Boulder, was a keynote speaker at the ASBI Annual Convention, USGBC’s Greenbuild Nation, SEAOI’s Midwest Bridge Conference and the D80 Conference at Michigan Technical University, and has spoke at many other conferences and events including International Bridge Conference, ASCE’s International Conference, Engineering for Change (E4C)’s Webinar, the Engineers Without Borders -USA (EWB) International Conference among others. She has written for Engineering News Record’s Future Tech Blog, and was an invited Guest Editorialist for ASCE’s Structure Magazine.
Avery teaches Cable Supported Pedestrian Bridge Design at the University of Colorado in the Mortenson Center for Engineering in Developing Communities (MC-EDC). Avery received a BSc. in Civil Engineering and a BA in Studio Art from the University of Iowa, and later completed a graduate degree in Geotechnical Engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder. Her graduate research was conducted with National Academy of Engineering member Bernard Amadei, which considered appropriate geotechnical survey and design for rural low-tech applications.