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Marsia Geldert MurpheyMarsia obtained her Bachelors of Science degree in Civil Engineering from South Dakota State University in 1992 and her Masters of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Missouri at Rolla (Missouri University of Science and Technology) in 1997. She is a registered Professional Engineer in the states of Illinois, Missouri and Indiana and has a National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying record. Her 20 years of professional experience spans the public and private sectors. She directed the Geotechnical and Environmental programs for the Illinois Department of Transportation’s Collinsville office prior to joining a Midwestern consulting engineering firm, where she managed all transportation related engineering efforts. In 2006, she joined forces with another female engineer to form their own company after 6 successful years in business she sold her shares to focus on outreach, speaking and writing. In 2013 she founded Sequoia Engineering & Environmental, Inc., located in downtown St. Louis. 


Marsia has been actively involved in the American Society of Civil Engineers since college. In 1996, the St Louis Chapter named her Young Engineer of the Year. She moved through the ranks within the St. Louis Section Board of Direction serving as Treasurer, Secretary, Vice President, President and Past President. She served on the National ASCE Committee on Diversity & Women in Civil Engineering and currently serves as the ASCE Region 7 Governor-at-Large and on the National Society’s Public Policy Committee. 

She served as chair of the St. Louis Corps of Engineers /American Council of Engineering Companies of Missouri /American Council of Engineering Companies of Illinois Liaison Committee. She also served on the American Council of Engineering Companies of Illinois/Illinois Department of Transportation Bridge Committee. 

Marsia also currently serves as; the co-chair of the Women’s Safe House Golf Tournament, a member of the Donor Committee for the Edwardsville Children’s Museum, a member of the South Dakota State University Civil Engineering Advisory Board, member of the advisory board for Mareck Marketing Group, and a member of the de Tocqueville Society of United Way.

Marsia was chosen as one of the St. Louis Business Journal’s Most Influential Business Women of 2010 for her commitment to the St. Louis Region, and her strong presence in the Engineering Community. Marsia also received the 2010 Smart Women, Smart Money Women on the Rise Award from the Illinois Treasurer’s office, an award that is given annually to women whose success as business owners makes them a role model for other women in their community. 

Marsia resides in Glen Carbon, Illinois with her husband of 28 years, their two children and their domestic zoo.

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