Christina Hughes Chosen as 2018 WWD Young Professional
Each year, Water & Wastes Digest accepts nominations for top young professionals in the water and wastewater industry. These individuals have not only excelled in their professional lives, they also give back to their communities and hold worldly attitudes and views about the industry’s importance and necessity around the globe. Christina Hughes, an integral member of the Walter P Moore Water Resources Engineering group, has contributed to multiple white papers and was instrumental in our firm’s flood response to Hurricane Harvey. In addition, Hughes serves on the board of the White Oak Bayou Association whose mission is to protect the Bayou and one day restore it to its natural state. Her professional affiliations include ASCE/EWRI, ASFPM, TFMA, ISI, and SWE.
Christina Hughes, Walter P Moore
Education: Bachelor of Science in civil and environmental engineering. Master of Science in environmental engineering.
Previous life: Hughes interned with a firm in Brisbane, Australia, performing habitat and endangered species assessments for proposed developments.
Personal accomplishment: Completed her first marathon in January 2018.
Professional accomplishments: Hughes is a member of a number of committees, both internally and externally.
Best project ever: Hughes and her team created real-time and forecast models of the rainfall to estimate inundation along several major waterways during Hurricane Harvey.
Greatest influence: Her dad. “He is a quintessential ‘self-made man’ and has taught me the value of persistence and hard work, and how not to take success for granted.”
Outside the office: Hughes has an annual subscription to Houston’s ballet, opera and musical theatre venue, and regularly attends the symphony.
Personal passions: Sustainability is key for Hughes. She even composts her food at home.
Worst-kept secret: Hughes recently started taking ballet classes for the first time since she was 7 years old.
Giving back: Hughes promotes conservation of Houston’s White Oak Bayou. She also assisted with Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts, helping residents and volunteering at the temporary evacuation shelter.
Best memory: For Hughes’ birthday this year, she and her friends took a camping trip in Sea Rim State Park on the East Texas Gulf Coast.
Best advice: “There is an enormous amount of uncertainty involved in our development of rainfall and floodplain statistics, and that is often not well communicated to the public. Small variations in data record length and statistical method for analysis can create largely different results in terms of rainfall depths and floodplain extents when trying to predict probabilistic flooding, so it is very important that the public understand that a line on a floodplain map is not a ‘hard-stop’ for flood risk.”
For a full list of 2018 honorees, click here.