Nicole Hill, the 2021 Women of Color STEM Conference Technology Rising Star awardee and a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Far East District project engineer, stands proudly in front of the Pet Care Center project site at USAG Humphreys, November 2020.
Nicole Hill, the 2021 Women of Color STEM Conference Technology Rising Star awardee and a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Far East District project engineer, stands proudly in front of the Pet Care Center project site at USAG Humphreys, November 2020. (Photo Credit: Courtesy Photo) VIEW ORIGINAL

USAG HUMPHREYS, Republic of Korea — Whether she’s picking through building code or picking up her children from daycare, Nicole Hill, the 2021 Women of Color STEM Conference Technology Rising Star awardee and a USACE Far East District project engineer, is a positive force that does not stop.

“I initially felt like there were other women of color who had done some really awesome things,” said Hill. “After winning, I thought, wow! This is cool and exciting. It’s awesome to know this type of award exists. I have done some amazing things, as well.”

The Women of Color STEM Conference Technology Rising Star award is given to those with approximately one to 22 years of experience in the workforce, who are helping to shape technology for the future. They are honored at a special recognition event during the Women of Color STEM Awards Conference. This year, the event was held in Detroit, Michigan from Nov. 7 – 9.

Hill is both directly and indirectly responsible for multiple construction contracts, valued at over $320 million dollars, with future projects in the planning phase. She is a military spouse and recently transferred from the USACE Wilmington District, with her spouse and two children, to U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys.

Hill’s recent accomplishments include two housing tower complexes that will accommodate over 400 military families, a barracks complex with a capacity for over 600 unaccompanied soldiers, a pet care center, several roads, and other infrastructure improvements. Her future construction projects include an Army lodging facility and a new elementary school at Humphreys.

Prior to working for USACE, she worked for private sector firms, performing both public and private construction work and capital improvements. For over a decade, Hill has dedicated her career to advancing in the engineering field. She is currently studying for her Professional Engineering exam and is looking to enroll in a master’s degree program.

“As a project engineer somewhat new to the USACE, Ms. Hill is a rising star within the construction division as a self-motivated problem solver who takes great pride in her work,” said Aaron Schuff, FED Family Housing Resident Office chief. “A mechanical engineer by education, she has a wide range of critical skills to contribute to her projects, her resident office, and the construction industry.”