What do you do for fun? I recently became a mom to a little girl in January 2015. Besides being a mom, my husband and I love to travel, fish, hike and camp all over the Rocky Mountains here in Colorado. When I can, I will go to a good music concert or Denver Broncos game with my friends.
What is your first memory of science, either by reading, lecture, observation, etc.? When I was a child, I used to love to borrow books from the library. I stumbled upon books that had instructions for “do it yourself” science experiments. After that, I could not get enough.
Did you always like science? Yes (and math).
What do you enjoy about science? The problem solving aspect, identifying a problem and trying to resolve with a hands on approach.
Is anyone from your family in a field of science? No.
Did you know anyone with this job before you decided on this career path? No.
Where did you go to school? Bennett High School in Colorado and Colorado State University.
What was your major? Civil Engineering.
How long did you need to go to school for your position as an engineer? 4 years.
Besides going to school/college did you have to do anything else to prep for your career/volunteer position? I had an internship with a Drainage District in Denver that helped guide me towards my specialization within Civil Engineering.
What is your job/volunteer title? Project Manager – Water Resources.
How long have you done this job? 10 years.
What is a typical day like for someone with your job? I manage a team of engineers and other specialists. In a typical day, we will have project meeting to coordinate on the goals and deliverables. I will communicate with our client to make sure their problems are getting solved and check to make sure everything is technically correct.
Are you working towards one specific goal? I help identify flood risks throughout the State of Colorado.
What do you still want to study/work on? I would love to work on a dam removal project to help restore some of our channels and open them back up to fish migration.
Why did you choose to go into this career field? My love for streams and rivers helped guide me to studying open-channel hydraulics.
What’s the coolest thing you have done at your job? After a large flood event hit Colorado in 2013, I had the opportunity to work with a team of professionals to reevaluate what probability storm even occurred and help identify risks for people in the future as it relates to flooding.
What’s your favorite thing about your job? Working as a team.
If a girl was interested in a career (or volunteer work) such as yours, what does she need to know? Never give up, it is 90% drive and 10% smarts.
Why do you think young women should study science? Our world is faced with many problems that need to be solved. The only way to do that is through science.
Who is your favorite female scientist? Marie Curie.
Any words of encouragement you would like to share with the GIRLS participants? Never give up, it is 90% drive and 10% smarts.