An engineer with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been named one of the corps’ "Top Five New Faces in Engineering," officials said Monday.

Elizabeth Burg, a civilian who is deployed to Iraq, was awarded for work in several countries that focused on safety, welfare, commerce and natural resources.

Burg was awarded in part for work designing water systems for a women’s ministry complex in Uganda and projects in Iraq, including Iraqi police stations and pipelines.

"Knowing that I am part of something that is positively influencing the future of a nation is pretty incredible," Burg was quoted as saying in a news release announcing the award. "Back home I do research, so hands-on construction is something totally different [from] what I normally do – but I love it."

Burg is an Air Force brat who graduated from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in 2006. She is working on a master’s degree in civil engineering from Mississippi State University.

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