Lianne Bell, SE

Project Manager, KPFF Consulting Engineers

Over the past decade with the San Diego affiliate, Lianne has mentored more than 300 students, who have earned $200,000 in ACE scholarships. Several of her former students now mentor for ACE, and one serves on the affiliate’s board of directors. For eight years, she has led a team at an inner-city school and recruited many mentors—for both her team and affiliate. Five fellow mentors have remained on her team for six years. At the beginning of each year, Lianne involves mentors in a preliminary planning session and regularly incorporates improvements into the curriculum. The field trips she organizes are exciting and unusual. She has also helped develop effective strategies to recruit and retain mentors, and to train team leaders.