CI Announces 2022 Champions of Change Awardees

East Hartford, CT – The Construction Institute (CI) of East Hartford announced its 2022 Champions of Change awardees.

Judy Nitsch

Each year, CI honors one woman and one man within the AEC/O industry for their contributions as role models who mentor and support women and others in the industry and whose personal dedication improves the industry. The awardees will be recognized at the 2022 Women Who Build Summit on April 13-14 at UMass Amherst.

This year’s awardees are Judy Nitsch, PE, LEED AP, BD+C , founding principal of Nitsch Engineering (retired), and Michael Schrier, AIA, MBA, LEED Green Assoc., architect and director of design and STEM projects for the office of University Planning, Design & Construction at University of Connecticut.

Michael Schrier

Nitsch has been committed to mentoring future engineers and entrepreneurs, and to opening the door for female engineers who are still underrepresented in the field, with her work through a number of professional societies and Nitsch Engineering’s annual Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day. Nitsch has given back to the industry and the community through her work as president and chair of a number of prominent industry associations.

Schrier has been in his current role at the UConn Storrs campus since 2015. He is responsible for implementing and managing the STEM portfolio and other assigned projects as part of the $1.5 billion NextGenCT capital program. Schrier is a teacher and mentor, and is committed to supporting women in the industry. He has been teaching workshops in project management for over 15 years.