Rosanna La Plante, P.E.

2019 Civil Engineer of the Year

Rosanna J. La Plante, PE is an award-winning Section Chief with the Baltimore City, Department of Public Works since 2013. She leads and manages the Department Environmental Project Delivery Section with distinction, overseeing the City’s $300 million capital program for stormwater infrastructure. Initially, Mrs. La Plante was hired to lead Department of Public Works Plans Review and Inspections Section as Chief, which under her engineering supervision, now manages a centralized and streamlined engineering review and permitting process for the entire Department. Under her leadership the engineering and inspections staff increased fivefold and permit review time decreased from at least 6 months, to a maximum of 30 days. Mrs. La Plante began her public service as an experienced civil and environmental engineer, who was engaged for more than 13 years with both large and small engineering firms. 

Rosanna La Plante is especially renowned for her professional leadership nationally in four engineering organizations and her service as a mentor for students interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and young engineers and other professionals. With ASCE, she has excelled as a technical expert and as an outstanding Maryland Section leader. She has chaired and served on five technical committees of the Environmental and Water Resources Institute (EWRI). With the ASCE Maryland Section, she is Treasurer, has been a Director on the Section Board, and chaired and led several committees. She is a founding member, Past-Chair, and Director-at-Large of the Chesapeake Bay Environmental and Water Resources Institute (EWRI) Chapter. She has also served on the Board of Directors for the Society of Military Engineers Baltimore Post and currently serves on the Board of Directors as the Second Vice-President for the Engineering Society of Baltimore.

Rosanna La Plante is a much sought-after mentor, trainer, and lecturer at a local high school as a STEM ambassador, at Morgan State as an annual speaker to engineering classes, and as the 2014 Careers in Engineering speaker at the Women in Engineering Day during Baltimore Engineers Week. Since 2006, she has supported and served as an ASCE/SAME liaison and event day coordinator to the DiscoverE Mid-Atlantic Region annual Future City Competition in which hundreds of middle school students learn about civil engineering and city planning.   Ms. La Plante is integral to the development and serves as a trainer for the National Green Infrastructure Certification program of the Water Environment Federation in partnership with municipalities to identify qualified individuals to install and inspect green infrastructure. For the City of Baltimore YH2O (Youth Water Mentoring Program) she has advised disadvantaged youth for entry-level positions in the water industry.