projects that improve our world. Advocates for her peers. Helps her community. These
three things are the calling cards for Hanson Vice President and Senior Project
Manager Cindy Loos, P.E. Last year, Cindy was elected to Hanson’s board of
directors and was named one of Peoria, Illinois’ InterBusiness Issues
Magazine’s Women of Influence. The magazine said Cindy is known for “managing
projects and clients, lifting others up and serving the community.”
her profile in the magazine, Cindy gave this advice: “Always work hard and put
your best foot forward, because you can be just as successful as your male
counterparts. Do not be afraid to ask questions or work above your pay grade.
Be the first one to volunteer for an assignment and be willing to put in the
hours needed to complete the job. You will be recognized for your efforts.”
Cindy’s friends and colleagues, we’ve seen firsthand how Cindy builds positive
relationships with Hanson employees and clients, mentors employees and students
and forges a career path for herself and others in what is still a
to research conducted by the Society of Women Engineers, only 30 percent of
women who earn bachelor’s degrees in engineering are still working in
engineering 20 years later. The research also states that only 13 percent of
engineers are women.
year, Cindy will celebrate 22 years with Hanson. She is a professional engineer
in Illinois and has bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and civil engineering.
numbers and engineering are areas of strength for Cindy, her friendly and
approachable manner make her a sought-after and popular resource at public
meetings and client presentations.
a project manager, she has worked on numerous bridge and roadway improvements
in Peoria and central Illinois and has been involved in major transportation
initiatives. She was project manager for the Warehouse District Complete
Streets Project, a revitalization project in downtown Peoria that addressed the
area’s transportation, economic development and aesthetic needs and received
$10 million in Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER)
II funds. She also managed an adjacent $10 million state-funded project that
included the rehabilitation of Washington Street, a critical section that was
redesigned to create a safer, pedestrian-friendly and sustainable urban
was project manager for the Multimodal Corridor Enhancement (MCORE) project in
the Illinois cities of Champaign and Urbana that was a partnership between the
city of Champaign, city of Urbana, Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District and
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The $35 million MCORE project
received a TIGER grant in 2014 to enhance mobility choices, improve
infrastructure, promote sustainability and improve critical links in the core
of the community. This project recently won an Honor Award from the American
Council of Engineering Companies of Illinois.
also has served as principal on transportation projects, such as the new
westbound span of the McClugage Bridge in Peoria and two overpasses and an
underpass for BNSF Railway Co. in Galesburg, Illinois.
her career, Cindy has won numerous awards, including Civil Engineer of the Year
from the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Central Illinois Section, the
Outstanding Engineer Award from the Society of Women Engineers’ Central
Illinois Section and the 25 Women in Leadership Award from WEEK TV, Marketeer
Magazine and the Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce. But this award-winner also is
quick to nominate her colleagues and clients for engineering, industry and
community awards. She is a leader who readily recognizes and promotes the
talents and achievements of those she works with in professional or civic
As Tom Smith III, executive director of the American Society of Civil Engineers, recently wrote in an article, “Make Engineers Week a Year-Long Commitment,” engineers and their work often are unappreciated, especially in a culture focused on celebrities and athletes. “. . . we focus on the true heroes, the ones who ensure our quality of life with things like shelter, heat, transportation and water. These heroes continue to protect, to save, to enhance countless lives each day,” Smith said. We salute Cindy and our entire team of engineers, planners and scientists. To read Cindy’s profile in InterBusiness Issues, click here.