Danielle D. Kleinhans has joined the Chicago-headquartered National Steel Bridge Alliance (NSBA), a division of the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), as its new managing director. She will be responsible for maintaining and building on the activities, strategies and culture that have positioned the alliance as a respected leader in the bridge community, as well as work to expand its impact to help increase the market for fabricated structural steel for bridges. She replaces William McEleney, who has worked for NSBA and AISC for nearly 30 years and will continue to serve as a consultant for NSBA.
“I have worked with Danielle on various bridge industry activities and committees and believe she is the right person to assume the leadership role at NSBA,” said McEleney. “Her position as managing director of the Epoxy Interest Group (EIG) of the Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute (CRSI) has given her significant exposure and experience within the bridge community and also an understanding of how to operate within the association world.”
Kleinhans brings 15 years of experience in structural engineering and management. She worked for CRSI for five years, rising from the position of structural/transportation engineer to managing director of EIG. Before that she worked for CTLGroup in the positions of senior engineer and group manager for structural engineering and mechanics. She began her career at Modjeski and Masters, Inc. as a structural design engineer.
She serves on numerous industry committees and has received several awards including the Young Member Award for Professional Achievement from the American Concrete Institute. She received her bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, and her master’s degree and PhD in civil engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla.