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Genevieve Malone, ND ’11: PROJECT ENGINEER

AUTHOR: Nina Welding

PUBLISHED: September 14, 2015

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 II with Barton Malow Company. A native of Dayton, Ohio, Malone was a member of the Rowing Team during her tenure at Notre Dame, earning three monograms and four Big East titles. She was also part of the Engineering Honors Program.

When she was in grade school, Malone envisioned a career as an architect. But her keen interest in math and science far outweighed her interest in drawing. That’s when she began exploring the different fields open to her as an engineer and chose to pursue civil engineering. Notre Dame, with its academic reputation and strong athletic program, was the perfect fit. “I remember the first time that I stepped on campus, it just felt special,” she said. “It felt like I was coming home.”

As an engineering student in the honors program, she made the most of her undergraduate experience: studying abroad one summer, participating in an internship and SSLP during other summer breaks, and working on a research project as an undergraduate research assistant with two faculty in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences. Her duties as a student researcher included examining the effect of relative humidity on the compressive strength of concrete at elevated temperatures. The technical knowledge she gained helped her more easily understand engineers and design teams and recognize concerns and reasons behind design choices. Her engineering experiences taught her how to think analytically.

Malone’s time as a member of the Rowing Team strengthened her teamwork skills and taught her cooperation and how to deal with difficult situations. It also taught her the value of a good fit between what you love to do and the company you work for. It became important for her to find a company whose values meshed with hers, one where the employees were willing to take a “newbie” under their wings and offer opportunities to learn, grow, and hone critical skills. It also taught her that “you can always change your route if you don’t like it.”

Coming back to Notre Dame has proven fulfilling. “Notre Dame gave me so much while I was here that it’s rewarding to give back in this way.” More specifically, as the project engineer, Malone handles submittals, RFIs, subcontractor coordination, and logistical planning. She also monitors the field progress. Her responsibilities encompass stadium earth retention; the tunnel and underground MEP; stadium lights, seating, and windows; brick; cast stone; and the air handling units. She was also in charge of a previous stadium project — replacing the stadium grass with field turf.

But stadiums are not the only structures she has overseen. Malone began her career with the Walsh Group in Las Vegas and coordinated the construction of the Administration Building and Education Center addition of the Las Vegas Veteran’s Hospital and an air traffic control tower, base building, and parking structure at the McCarran International Airport.

It’s hard to say who feels more fortunate — Malone coming back to the University she loves in the role of project engineer for the Campus Crossroads Project or Notre Dame, knowing the competent hands in which the project rests.