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Consulting. Construction. Industry. Government. Education. Not-for-profit/outreach. Military. Academia. Entrepreneurs. Our alumni have done it all. Their stories illustrate that you can do anything you want to do with a degree in civil or environmental engineering or earth sciences, and that you can make a difference in locally, nationally, and globally.

We have many stories to share with you about the cool things our alumni are up to. Here are a few to get you started. But be sure to check back often as we will be adding new stories throughout the year. You can also check out more alumni stories on our Alumni page.

In addition to their stories, some of them have offered their e-mails. So if you have a specific question for them, drop them a line. Be considerate of their time, but they're excited to share their journeys and their work with you. Not sure? Then talk to your department adviser, faculty, or chair. They can also answer any questions you might have.

Ellen Quigley, '11: Project Manager at Clark Construction Ellen Quigley, '11: Project Manager at Clark Construction

Ellen Quigley, '11, has worked on several high-profile structures after graduating from the University of Notre Dame, most notably the Salesforce Tower in San Francisco.

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Tony Ayala, ND '11: STRUCTURES Tony Ayala, ND '11: STRUCTURES

Tony Ayala is a 2011 graduate of Notre Dame whose concentration was in structures. His career has taken him to Boston and Chicago where he has worked on several projects, including one of the largest residential buildings in Boston and the addition to the New England Patriots' Gillette Stadium.

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Rinzova Renthlei, ND '17 ENVIRONMENT Rinzova Renthlei, ND '17 ENVIRONMENT

As a recent graduate of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences at the University of Notre Dame, Rinzova Renthlei knows all too well about the stress of finding and starting that first job.

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Elyse Stachler, ND '13: MICROBIOLOGY Elyse Stachler, ND '13: MICROBIOLOGY

Elyse Stachler graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2013. She completed her graduate studies at the University of Pittsburgh, where she is currently a Ph.D. student.

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Daniel Buonadonna, ND '03: ENVIRONMENT Daniel Buonadonna, ND '03: ENVIRONMENT

Daniel Buonadonna graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2003. He then served in the Peace Corps and now serves as the Regional Technology Lead with CH2M HILL.

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Brenna Mannion, ND ’08: ENVIRONMENT Brenna Mannion, ND ’08: ENVIRONMENT

I graduated from Notre Dame in 2006 with a B.S. in civil engineering and began working for the Chicago office of MWH. Presently I work for the National Association of Clean Water Agencies in Washington, DC. I lead our regulatory efforts in areas such as resilience, storm water management, water reuse and climate change.

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Genevieve Malone, ND ’11: PROJECT ENGINEER Genevieve Malone, ND ’11: PROJECT ENGINEER

Talk about the luck of the Irish, not only is the University of Notre Dame in the middle of the largest building initiative in its history, but the $400 million project also has a former Notre Dame student-athlete as part of the project team. Meet Genevieve Malone, a project engineer with the Barton Malow Company.

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Holly Michael, ND ’98: WATER RESOURCES Holly Michael, ND ’98: WATER RESOURCES

As a hydrogeologist, I study groundwater flow and solute transport as they relate to water resources, coastal zone management, and human and ecosystem health. My students and I work to understand how physical processes link to biogeochemical, ecological, and human environments.

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Andrew Seelaus, ND ’10: HUMAN WELFARE Andrew Seelaus, ND ’10: HUMAN WELFARE

After graduation I was hired as a project engineer for Skanska USA Building where I worked on school projects throughout southwest Michigan. In 2011 Bridges to Prosperity asked me to lead the formation of their new program in Timor-Leste. In 2013 I moved to Rwanda as country manager for Bridges to Prosperity's newest program in East Africa.

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Patrick Murren, ND ’12: HIGH-RISE DESIGN Patrick Murren, ND ’12: HIGH-RISE DESIGN

After graduating from Notre Dame, I worked as a middle school teacher in the Recovery School District of New Orleans, as part of the Teach For America program. I returned to Notre Dame for my master's and defended my research on steel frame design optimization. I have been with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP, in San Francisco since that time.

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Zach Cobell, ND ’10: NATURAL HAZARDS Zach Cobell, ND ’10: NATURAL HAZARDS

I am a water resources engineer specializing in large-scale coastal, riverine, and hydrologic applications, as well as small scale flow simulations.

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Patricia Wilbur, ND ’10: HUMAN WELFARE Patricia Wilbur, ND ’10: HUMAN WELFARE

During my years at Notre Dame, I knew that I wanted to use my engineering skills abroad to make a positive impact on public health. In my senior year, I discovered the Master’s International Peace Corps Program, a graduate program at select universities that combines studies and Peace Corps service.

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Elizabeth Mink, ND ’10: ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH AND SAFETY Elizabeth Mink, ND ’10: ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH AND SAFETY

After graduating in 2010, I began GE Aviation's Operations Management Leadership Program. I am currently marine and industrial engine assembly cell leader for GE Aviation in the Cincinnati area.

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Daniel Norman, ND ’00: CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT Daniel Norman, ND ’00: CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT

I was born and raised in the Panama Canal Zone and grew up speaking both English and Spanish as my dad was employed by the Panama Canal. Growing up around the canal I knew I wanted to become a civil engineer.

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Carissa Brownotter, ND ’11: TEACHING Carissa Brownotter, ND ’11: TEACHING

I received my bachelor's degree from Notre Dame in 2011 and am currently working on my master's degree in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education at Tufts University. In fact one of the projects I have been working on is the Massachusetts Engineering Innovation and Dissemination Community project.

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Hugh J. Roberts, ND ’05:  SUSTAINABILITY Hugh J. Roberts, ND ’05: SUSTAINABILITY

I have managed research and design projects ranging from storm surge protection systems, sea level rise vulnerability assessments, environmental impact studies, coastal restoration analyses, and design and optimization of hydraulic controls.

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Kyle Bibby, ND ’08: ENVIRONMENT Kyle Bibby, ND ’08: ENVIRONMENT

I am currently an assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the Swanson School of Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. My interests center around understanding the presence, ecology, and diversity of microorganisms, such as viruses and bacteria, in an environmental engineering context.

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Shannon Warchol, ND ’13: URBAN DEVELOPMENT Shannon Warchol, ND ’13: URBAN DEVELOPMENT

As a second year graduate research assistant in the Institute for Transportation Research and Education at North Carolina State University and a certified engineering intern, I specialize in traffic operations and simulation analysis of alternative intersections and interchanges.

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Maxwell E. Agnew, ND ’11: NATURAL AND MANMADE HAZARDS Maxwell E. Agnew, ND ’11: NATURAL AND MANMADE HAZARDS

I earned my master's degree at Notre Dame as part of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) long-term training program. At the USACE New Orleans District I work on storm surge and wave modeling of synthetic design hurricanes and more.

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Jeff Kroon, ND ’10: BRIDGE DESIGN Jeff Kroon, ND ’10: BRIDGE DESIGN

My background in structural engineering and analysis of companies' engineering workflows and software tools, served me well for many years in my former position technical consultant. I currently serve as a design engineer in the Transportation Engineering group at Erdman Anthony.

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