What is your story? What doesn't your resume tell us about you?
My resume doesn't tell you how much I love water. In a way it does based on the jobs and projects I have done but it doesn't share with you the deeper side of things. Growing up in Michigan there is always water around you. It's in the lakes, the rivers, and it comes up the well at my parent's house. What I didn't put together until my last few years in high school is that water isn't available like this everywhere else. Sure I knew about geography and different climates but it never truly clicked that water is everything because I was so used to it being there all the time. Going to college helped me to see what I could do with water and how I can make an impact into the future through engineering. I am an Environmental Engineer because water is life and water is everything. This passion for water has brought me to my master's degree in Civil Engineering - Water Resources so that I use my water knowledge from my B.S. and implement it into water systems for everyone. One can draw parallels between sections of my resume to gather some of this information but it can't project it into the future. I will make an impact on areas with and without water using my gained skill set, I will bring water to those who need it, and I will help others to responsibly use water to preserve it into the future
Describe your dream job or career
Somewhere down the line I would like to be restoring rivers through design and implementation of said designs. Until I get there I want to work on cleaning up oil and gas companies by working in their environmental sectors. I would then like to take those skills and work in a consulting firm on restoration designs. Just before retiring I want to work for the DNR or NSF, just playing in rivers and forests would be nice.
Tell us about your leadership experiences.
I've been a leader in many different ways including organizing events in the past (blood drive, 5k race, the March for Science Houghton-Hancock), leading group projects (senior design, process simulation lab, other small class projects), taking on leadership roles in organizations (Society of Women Engineers, Graduate Student Government, MTU Cross Country and Track, other on-campus organizations), as well as presenting on behalf of a team (spoke to the Christchurch City Council on research findings, World Water Day Poster Presentation).
Tell us about your Capstone project experience and your journey, your team, the ideation and implementation.
My Capstone Project holds the acronym PEEP. Philadelphia Environmental Education Program. We outlined steps for students to create a recycling club at school that would spark recycling in their communities. It would start in our pilot class (Caleb's classroom) and hopefully be implemented in other schools in Philadelphia. Essentially the students would start recycling in their classroom, then for the whole school. They would document recycling and trash bins around their communities as well as areas that need bins. As a class they would go through a GIS exercise the creates a map to be presented to the city for new bins in needed areas. PEEP stimulates students through community involvement and exposes them to a portion of STEM education typically not taught in high schools. It will better prepare them for the future as well as help clean up their own neighborhoods.
How will you use this experience to advance your personal goals?
This simple project shows me that I can influence the next generation in such a simple way. I want to continue outreach with youth to inspire them with STEM just as I was at a young age.
You're hosting an intimate dinner party. Select 3 figures you would invite.
Bill Nye, Steve Jobs, and Princess Diana