What do you do?
I work on projects that protect both public health and the environment through sustainable drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure. My job is different every day; for example, some days I'm helping cities meet regulatory requirements to reduce the amount of stormwater runoff pollution that enters the ocean and other days I'm simulating a drinking water distribution system in a hydraulic model to resolve water quality issues.
Why did you choose this field?
I enjoyed math and science in high school, which is why I decided to pursue engineering. I also love traveling the world and being outside hiking, running, etc. I decided to enter the water industry specifically because water is integral to the daily life of every single human on the planet.
What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?
Middle school me would be pretty impressed with my Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering, considering I didn't even know what an engineer was at the time. After high school I started college with the mindset of "switching out of engineering is easier than switching in!" But I'm glad I stuck with it and ended up loving my major.
Why do you love working in STEM?
I love that I work on something different every day but all the projects have a common theme of benefiting the environment in some capacity. I also have met some amazing people along the way, both in college and as I begin my career.
Best advice for next generation?
I encourage any high school seniors who are even slightly interested in STEM and undecided about their major to study engineering. Within engineering, there are endless opportunities to positively change the world by doing something you love. Get involved in groups on campus or your local community. Find a mentor. Find passionate, like-minded people who motivate and inspire you, and learn from them.
Inspo quote / fun fact / role model
“We need all hands on deck, and that means clearing hurdles for women and girls as they navigate careers in science, technology, engineering, and math.” -Michelle Obama