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Caitlin DeWolfe

Staff Engineer, Tighe & Bond

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WHAT DO YOU DO?

I work at a civil engineering consulting firm in the water business line. I primarily work on projects for municipal clients, most of which are related to water, sewer, and stormwater utilities. As a staff engineer, I help project engineers and project managers with construction observation, construction administration, and design of these projects.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS FIELD?

In high school, I was mainly interested in art and English courses - creative endeavors were, and still are, intrinsic to my being. Math and science courses weren't as interesting to me at first, but I was able to keep up and do well. Civil engineering seemed the perfect blend of creativity and logic when college applications began. By that point, I started to understand the beauty of calculus and physics and found a way to translate it to art: the bridge between thinking and feeling became my intellectual sweet-spot. Though the majority of engineering work operates in the logical realm, the bursts of creativity in drafting plans and solving problems keeps me motivated.

WHAT DO YOU LOOK AT & THINK, "I WISH YOUNGER ME WOULD HAVE KNOWN THIS WAS POSSIBLE?"

When I got my first internship, it was the first chance I had to use the skills I learned in school to do a job. This moment made me realize that I was on track to much more than a degree in engineering, but to becoming a real engineer creating real infrastructure.

WHY DO YOU LOVE WORKING IN STEM?

I am motivated by the positive impact of the civil engineering work I do on society and the environment.

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