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2013 Forty Under 40: Sahara L. Williams

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“I was recently asked to join the Central Indiana Women’s Business Council. I think that I will be doing something promoting economic development.”

Age: 37

President, Enginuity Engineering + Management


Since Sahara Williams started her own engineering firm five years ago, she’s delivered on a number of high-profile projects. Along the way, Williams has been involved in a number of community and industry organizations.

Enginuity Engineering + Management has provided engineering services for the hospital parking garage and ambulatory care building for Ezkenazi Health, and for nine Indianapolis Public Schools projects.

Williams also worked on the Ground Transportation Center for the new Indianapolis International Airport terminal when she was with TLF Inc., calling the project a career highlight.

In engineering, “you really get to be involved in the projects from a thinking point of view,” taking designs and figuring out how to make them work, she said, and “makes it safe for you to go into.”

Enginuity Engineering also has become a partner with IPS. She has spoken with student groups about careers and participated in a student entrepreneurial mentoring program.

In 2011, she lost a bid for the City-County Council, running as a Republican in a district that was nearly 90 percent Democrat.

“I never really understood until I ran for office how the system works, how all the layers work, so it was really eye-opening from that perspective,” she said.

Her original career plan was to be a veterinarian, but she transferred from Tuskegee University to North Carolina A&T State University to study engineering, then continued to Purdue University for a master’s degree in civil engineering.

She shares her home with two “four-legged children,” as she calls her dogs, and keeps two horses—down from seven—and two barn cats.

In 2005, she founded and funded Desert Moon Youth Equestrian Services, which gave inner-city children opportunities to ride horses and consider equine careers. Although the not-for-profit is no longer active due to funding, she still volunteers with her horses for occasional events.•

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  1. How is the private developer going to repay the bonds. Is this going to be a toll road?

  2. As well as a Portillio'S!!!!!!

  3. A Lou Malnati's would be awesome!!!!!!!!

  4. We aren't broke. We just aren't willing to raise revenues for this that we should be raising them.

  5. OK. now that the state is taking illegal immigrants, willing or not. There is a major concern that needs to be addressed. First: School starts here in 3 weeks in most parts of the country and probably in Indiana. So is the state going to vaccinate these kids before they intermingle with our kids in school? The problem we are going to have here in the US and possibly in Indiana is that some of these kids could be carrying health issues or diseases that are pretty much eradicated in the US. This could cause a major health issue in the US. Second: Who is going to pay for this building disaster? We are flat out broke….. Down here in Texas, we have 14 counties that have been so swamped with kids, (numerous thousands of them), they are on the verge of financial collapse. Now this is happening in counties in New Mexico, Arizona and California. The system is massively overloaded. Swine flu has started back up in San Antonio since they have nearly 2500 kids that have been placed there and lice is rampant. Not to be insensitive, but we need to stop this madness. I find it amazing that we cannot take care of our veterans and yet give carte blanche to illegals entering the country. Recently an article mentioned that these kids and teenagers can get on planes without TSA screening? What? What the Hell???? Keep in mind this about protecting our national sovereignty as a nation and also living under the rule of law. Not only the terrorist threat that can come over the border. This is a deliberate and irresponsible and illegal act from administration ignoring the constitutional duty of protecting the borders and also upholding the supreme law of the land. This is a classic Cloward and Piven strategy to overload the system until it collapses.

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