Newsmaker: Arletta Scott Williams
Noteworthy: The American Society of Civil Engineers, Pittsburgh Section, honored Williams, the executive director of the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority, with the Service to People award at the society's annual awards banquet on Saturday.
Residence: Penn Hills
Family: Son Tyler, 13.
Background: Williams worked at U.S. Steel during college and immediately afterward. In 1984, she started at Alcosan as an entry-level shift engineer. She has been instrumental in educating the public on the agency's plan to reduce sewage overflows into rivers during heavy rain.
Education: Williams graduated from Westinghouse High School and then attended Carnegie Mellon University. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in metallurgical engineering and materials science.
Quote: “When we started the public meetings (on the plan), there were some huge naysayers, but the way we approached it, we were trying to include everyone in the process, working with employees and the scholastic outreach.”