September 8, 2007Her job: Malcolm Pirnie, Inc.
Why did you choose engineering?
A bachelor’s degree in engineering has a lot of power in a highly competitive job market. It is one of the only majors you can graduate with and be virtually guaranteed a job right away. And environmental engineers are in demand everywhere in the world. I was able to choose exactly where I wanted to live—Seattle!
Where did you go to school and what degree(s) do you have?
B.S. in biological and environmental engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. I started as a biology major, but switched programs to combine engineering with natural sciences and research. It took me a while to figure out what I wanted, but I found it in the end.
What do you like best about being an engineer?
It’s such a versatile field. Engineering is about problem solving, and a good problem solver is useful to many people in a variety of fields, including scientists, architects, economists, and others.
Describe something about your life outside of work: your hobbies, or perhaps a favorite book.
I’m embarrassingly addicted to Sudoku.