The Maryland Association of Engineers held its annual Winter Convention on Thursday, February 6, 2020, at Martin’s West, Baltimore. The association made history by appointing its first woman as president. Jo Ellen Sines has served on the organization’s board since 2010 and joined the association in 2006. Her most recent post on the board was first vice president.

Sines is vice president of construction for M Luis Construction Co., Inc., the Silver Spring, Maryland-based general contractor and construction materials supplier. She manages the $35M construction division, consisting of approximately 23 active highway projects. With a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh, Sines is active in local, state and national engineering, construction and women-in-engineering organizations.

Sines succeeds David A. Ferrara as president of the association. Ferrara is the vice president of construction services and DelMarVa regional manager for Gannett Fleming.

MAE celebrated the installation of its new officers during the evening session. In her remarks, Sines recounted her involvement in the MAE board the last 10 years.

“As the lone woman serving on the board it wasn’t clear to me the impact I would have. I always found fellow board members to be helpful and was encouraged to stay the course. Joining the board and advancing through the ranks to president of this storied organization has been incredibly fulfilling,” Sines said. “I am excited to lead the charge for the next year and am honored to be the Maryland Association of Engineer’s president for 2020.”

About the Maryland Association of Engineers

The Maryland Association of Engineers, an organization consisting of Engineers, Contractors, Equipment and Material Suppliers, State, Municipal and County Officials and Employees, was founded in 1929 by Mr. P.Y.K. Howat. Today, MAEawards the Dick Trainor Scholarship to aspiring Civil Engineers as the organization’s chief mission. Learn more at mdae.org.

About M Luis Construction

Woman- and minority-owned and a multi-generational Asphalt Manufacturer and Construction Services company, M Luis Construction is one of the region’s leading asphalt manufacturer and construction services company. Since 1985, M Luis has been integral to the success of many large and complex projects and earned many awards both for its projects and company operations.