H/WISE Forum Distinguished Panelist: Annette M. Van Dien, PE.

WISE Forum Distinguished Panelist: Annette M. Van Dien, PE.


Annette Van Dien is a Senior Engineer at D’Huy Engineering, Inc. (DEI), located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.   

Annette began her journey in engineering as an undergraduate at Pennsylvania State University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering.  She was awarded a prestigious research fellowship by the National Science Foundation to continue her studies at Lehigh Universitywhere she earned a Master of Science degree in Structural Engineering.  Annette’s research at Lehigh, conducted at Fritz Laboratory, investigated the structural behavior of high-strength concrete columns in compression. Her project encompassed the experimental design, construction, instrumentation, data acquisition, and data analysis of large-scale 22” diameter concrete columns that were tested in the famous five million pound universal testing machine at Lehigh’s Fritz Laboratory.  Her work from this research culminated in a master’s thesis and publication in the American Concrete Institute Journal. 

Upon completion of her master’s degree in 1995, Annette joined D’Huy Engineering, Inc., which provides project and construction management, facilities engineering, infrastructure design, forensic engineering and structural design services. At DEI, Annette’s primary work is in the structural design of buildings but she also works on forensic engineering projects providing the analyses for expert reports and testimony in legal cases involving constructionrelated failures.  Most often, Annette serves as the lead engineer responsible for the structural design of high-end residential renovation projects in Manhattan and Brooklyn.  In recent years, she has also applied her extensive knowledge to the design of structures specific to wastewater treatment facilities.  

It was Annette’s love of math and her older brother’s encouragement, which led her to the field of Structural Engineering.  She is a practitioner and proponent of work-life balance, choosing to build her 26-year career almost exclusively at DEI, a family-oriented company, while raising two children with her husband, Jim. 



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