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Daniel Freiburger '17 STRUCTURES

Daniel Freiburger '17 STRUCTURES

Daniel Freiburger '17 says his two summer internships with MnDOT, CEEES field trips, and the Grand Challenges seminars helped him transition from the life of a full-time student to a full-time employee.

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Max Ducey '16 STRUCTURES

Max Ducey '16 STRUCTURES

Max Ducey '16 may be a recent graduate but he has already had the chance to work on exciting projects like the Thumama Stadium in Qatar for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

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Pedro Gochicoa ND '08 CIVIL ENGINEERING

Pedro Gochicoa ND '08 CIVIL ENGINEERING

Pedro Gochicoa's career has had many twists and turns. The civil engineering alum decided to start his career in construction management, later transitioning into environmental engineering.

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Caitlin Burke ND '11 ENVIRONMENT

Caitlin Burke ND '11 ENVIRONMENT

Caitlin Burke '11 was able to combine her civil engineering background and passion for the environment into a role as an environmental consultant.

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Zach Cobell ND '10 ENVIRONMENT

Zach Cobell ND '10 ENVIRONMENT

At a time when strong hurricanes are increasing in frequency and intensity, Zach Cobell '10 is using hurricane models to understand their behavior and patterns.

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Michael McLean ND '16 ENVIRONMENT

Michael McLean ND '16 ENVIRONMENT

Michael McLean wasn't afraid to step outside his comfort zone after graduating. He moved to a new city different from anywhere he had lived before and took on a managerial role on his third day of work!

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Emily Horton ND '16 ENGINEERING

Emily Horton ND '16 ENGINEERING

Emily Horton was "greener than a blade of grass" when she started as a design engineer. Now, she has been able to work on exciting projects like the Texas High-Speed Rail system and the Plant Vogtle nuclear plant.

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James Herrick ND '16 ENGINEERING

James Herrick ND '16 ENGINEERING

As the demand for civil engineers grows, James Herrick '16 says he feels privileged to be working in the profession for engineering and environmental consulting firm Langan.

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Alicia Czarnecki ND '17 ENVIRONMENT

Alicia Czarnecki ND '17 ENVIRONMENT

Alicia Czarnecki '17 always knew she wanted to use her degree to help people. She decided to make South Bend her permanent home and is working on environmental and municipal improvements as an engineer for the City of South Bend.

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Daniel Surrett ND '06 ENGINEERING

Daniel Surrett ND '06 ENGINEERING

From South Bend to the Big Apple, Daniel Surrett '06 has worked his way from the bottom to a senior associate position through hard work and an eagerness to learn on the job.

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Katie Barrett ND '05 CONSTRUCTION ATTORNEY

Katie Barrett ND '05 CONSTRUCTION ATTORNEY

From construction sites to the courtroom - Katie Barrett '05 veered from the traditional civil engineering path to pursue a law degree and serve as a construction attorney.

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Andy Kioko ND '04 CIVIL ENGINEERING

Andy Kioko ND '04 CIVIL ENGINEERING

Andy Kioko '04 studied civil engineering but says his time working on construction sites as a resident engineer transformed his future approach to design.

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Amy Schockling ND  '15: ENVIRONMENT

Amy Schockling ND '15: ENVIRONMENT

Multiple internship experiences, including with the City of South Bend, helped guide 2015 graduate Amy Schockling to her current work as an engineer for the City of Madison Water Utility.

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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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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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