I work as a civil engineer in the Dams Section of our Stormwater Engineering Division. Day to day operations include reviewing design plans for dam upgrades and modifications projects, analyzing dam monitoring data to ensure the facilities are functioning properly, and supervising a team of engineers.
I received my Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering from Syracuse University.
The diversity of projects within civil engineering is exciting, it keeps it interesting to work on big water, transportation, and environmental projects. It also feels good to know that the work being done is having a substantial impact to the quality of life of the public.
Not as much as I would like to, but I am working to incorporate it more by being more visible and participating in groups and organizations that help foster positive and welcoming LGBTQ+ environments and also empowering and supporting other minority engineering groups.
Not in a direct way, but I have withheld talking about my partner in the past, or chose to refer to him as a roommate, particularly when engaging with my supervisors. It took some time to build up confidence and realize that the environment is a safe space and that my supervisors would not view me any differently. I am more open about it now.
I have a queer and a non-queer mentor and both have helped me develop as an engineer, a supervisor, and become more comfortable being myself in the work environment. It has been very rewarding to have the opportunity to be a mentor to young professionals as well and try to pass on the guidance that I received.
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