Neel-Schaffer engineer named one of ‘50 Leading Business Women in Mississippi’

Neel-Schaffer, Inc., is pleased to announce that Cindy Rich, PE, was named to the 2014 class of the Mississippi Business Journal’s 50 Leading Business Women in Mississippi.

“I am delighted to be included by the Mississippi Business Journal in this group of very successful and talented woman,” said Rich, who was honored with the other selectees at a banquet held Feb. 18 in Jackson. “After this many years in my chosen profession I am grateful for the recognition and can truly say that I still find challenges and fulfillment in what I do and genuinely enjoy coming to work each day.”

Rich joined Neel-Schaffer in 1992. For many years, she designed bridges and hydraulic structures, but for the past 11 years she has served as the manager of the Structures Department of Neel-Schaffer’s headquarters office in Jackson (MS). In this role, she supervises a staff of 10 engineers who design bridges and other structures across the South.

“I don’t design so much now,” said Rich. “But I know everything we’re doing and I still get to add in my two cents on some of the projects.”

Rich holds a Civil Engineer degree from the University of Mississippi. She has served on the university’s engineering advisory board for more than a decade, and considers being able to give back to the university in this way one of her biggest accomplishments.