Young Professionals Recognized by TACNY
October 24, 2022
Recently, the Technology Alliance of CNY (TACNY) announced the winners of their 22nd Celebration of Technology awards. Two members of Barton & Loguidice were recognized for their accomplishments in STEM.
Abbas Kazan was selected as “Young Technologist of the Year” by TACNY. Originally from Lebanon, Kazan relocated to CNY on a college scholarship. Abbas is a member of the Transportation team at Barton & Loguidice, with a focus on designing roadways and bridges. Previously this year, Abbas was selected as “2022 New Face of Civil Engineering” by the ASCE, an important industry organization he invests a lot of time with. He worked as an author on the 2022 NYS Infrastructure Report Card with the ASCE Syracuse Sector, along with being a part of the pre-college outreach to educate students and assist them on their journey in Civil Engineering. Along with his volunteer efforts, Abbas is an advocate for diversity, equality, and inclusion. Being a role model to international students in the STEM industry is something he strives to make an impact in.
Emily Mahana was awarded “STEM Outreach by an Individual.” Emily is a CNY native and a graduate of Syracuse University’s Engineering School. She is also a member of the Transportation team at B&L. Through her volunteer efforts and pageantry competitions, Emily is a very active member in the CNY community and has her own YouTube channel called “STEM Sunday’s with Emily,” where she regularly posts videos of hands-on activities as a way to teach kids STEM concepts at home. Emily spends time volunteering at the Museum of Science & Technology (MOST) in Syracuse and creates videos for their “Science Minute,” along with visiting classrooms at various CNY schools. Not only is Emily an advocate for STEM in the community, but she also incorporates this passion into her pageantry. In college, Emily competed in her first pageant. That has led her to the Miss New York USA competition in 2021 and 2022, along with landing a spot as a top 20 semifinalist both years. Emily is breaking stereotypes of Pageantry by competing as a woman in engineering and showing her passion for STEM education.
We are proud to have these amazing young professionals on our team!