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- tuition fee reduction
For more than seven decades, SWE has given women engineers a unique place and voice within the engineering industry. Their organization is centered around a passion for our members’ success and continues to evolve with the challenges and opportunities reflected in today’s exciting engineering and technology specialties.
Nicole B. Spieles was born in Wiesbaden, Germany in 1972. She attended the University of Massachusetts (UMass) at Amherst, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering in 1994 and Master of Science degree in environmental engineering in 1997. Nicole met her husband, Kurt, while both were in graduate school at UMass. They married in 1999, and together they had three daughters, Vivian, Delphine and Calliope. The Spieles family lived in Chicago’s historic Hyde Park neighborhood and were active members of the Chicago community and the Greek Orthodox Church.
After graduate school, Nicole joined Greeley and Hansen, where she spent 22 years working in Detroit, MI, Chicago, IL, and Waukesha, WI. Nicole’s commitment to the communities in which she worked was evident as she was recognized by her colleagues, peers, and civic leaders, including the Mayor of Detroit who appointed her as a board member of the City’s Public Lighting Authority (PLA). Nicole was also dedicated to Detroit’s Water Action Volunteer Effort (WAVE), where worked with other volunteers and city officials to assist Detroit’s residents with paying their water bills. Nicole was also a member of American Water Works Association (AWWA) and Water Environment Federation (WEF).
The scholarship is worth $1,000.