September 19, 2008; Boston, MA – Lisa A. Brothers, PE, Vice President and COO of Nitsch Engineering, was named 2008 Woman of the Year by the Boston Chapter of the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS-Boston). The award recognizes a member of WTS-Boston who is a leader in the transportation industry and has advanced the reputation and credibility of women and minorities within the industry through her career achievements.
“Lisa has made tremendous contributions, not only to WTS, but to the transportation profession as a whole,” said Luisa Paiewonsky, Commissioner of the Massachusetts Highway Department and Immediate Past President of WTS-Boston. “She has mentored many young professionals entering the field, and is widely respected for her smart and effective leadership.”
An owner of Nitsch Engineering, Lisa holds a BSCE from the University Massachusetts Lowell, an MBA from Northeastern University, and is a 2004 graduate of ACEC National’s Senior Executive Institute. She is a registered professional engineer with over 24 years of experience, and is involved in a wide range of professional activities. Lisa is the Past President of WTS-Boston and is on their Advisory Board. She is the Senior Vice President for the American Council of Engineering Companies/Massachusetts (ACEC/MA) and serves on their Membership Committee and Government Affairs Committee. Lisa chairs the College of Engineering/ Industrial Advisory Board at UMass Lowell, where she is the youngest and only woman member. She is also a member of UMass Lowell’s Center for Women and Work Advisory Board. Lisa was co-chair of the Transportation and Construction Committee for the Massachusetts Government Appointments Project (MassGAP) in 2006. Lisa was an appointed member of the Town of Wilmington Conservation Commission (1995-2005) and was an Overseer for the Boston Architectural College (2005 to 2008). She is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the Society of Women Engineers (SWE).
Her contributions to her community have been recognized by a range of organizations. The Boston Society of Civil Engineers presented Lisa with its 2004 Citizen Engineer Award. In 2003, UMass Lowell recognized her contributions and presented her with the Francis Academy Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award. She was honored with a 2002 Pinnacle Award as an Emerging Executive by the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. In 2001, Lisa received the BSCES Lester Gaynor Award in recognition of her exemplary service as a public official in Wilmington, Massachusetts.
Originally founded in 1980 by a group of twenty women in the transportation industry, the Greater Boston Women’s Transportation Group (GBWTG) grew to 138 members within one year. In April 1981, impressed by the national organization Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS), the Steering Committee unanimously recommended that GBWTG join WTS. Since then, WTS-Boston has grown into one of the most influential transportation organizations in Boston.