KEH Celebrates Our Young Engineers

Over the past couple months, young members of the KEH team have become involved in several professional organizations in the AEC industry. At KEH we encourage our young engineers to get involved in their careers and futures, become engaged in professional organizations, and support continued education and advancement in the water and civil engineering industry. This week, we put three of our young engineers in the spotlight and asked them a few questions about their involvement in their chosen professional organizations (and a few just for fun).

 


Zuleyka Martinez was nominated as the Professional Development Co-Chair and Community Service Co-Chair for American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)’s LA Chapter, Young Member Forum. Zuleyka will start the term this month through September of 2018.

 

Zuleyka joined the KEH Team as a Brown University graduate and has experience working in the water and recycled water sectors. Her recent work revolves around the Groundwater Reliability Improvements Program through Southern California Water Replenishment District (WRD) where she has gained an understanding of alternative project delivery.

 

Q: Where are you from?

A: Oxnard, California.

 

Q: Why did you decide to be a part of ASCE YMF?

A: Ryan [Gallagher, my supervisor] encouraged me to become engaged with ASCE LA YMF for networking opportunities. As a regular participant of the younger member forum, I have met interesting and knowledgeable engineers who are fun and provide career insight and advice. I have learned a lot about being an engineer and the industry from members and the events they have organized.

 

Q: What are you most looking forward to in your position as Professional Development Co-Chair and Community Service Co-Chair?

A: I look forward to being a greater influence on the types of events ASCE hosts. Not only do I have an opportunity to organize beneficial events for ASCE members, but I can pursue event topics which I am most interested in learning more about. I am interested in developing long-term relationships with partnering organizations for continual mutual benefit.

 

Q: If you were an addition to the crayon box, what color would you be and why?

A: All-in-one rainbow crayon because why be limited to one color.

 

Q: What’s the most interesting thing about you that we wouldn’t learn from your resume alone?

A: I want to be a farmer when I retire.

 


Frank Dodge was nominated as Vice President of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)’s Ventura/Santa Barbara County (SB/Vta) Chapter Younger Member Forum (YMF). Also active in Association of Water Agencies (AWA) Ventura County (VC) Channel Counties Water Utilities Committee (CCWUC), Frank is also a Committee Member.

 

Frank is a UC Irvine graduate with 5 years of experience in mechanical and project engineering design in process design equipment, piping and well water treatment systems experience.

 

Q: Where are you from?

A: I was born and raised in Ventura, CA.

 

Q: Why did you decide to be a part of ASCE YMF and AWA CCWUC?

A: Both societies offer me an excellent opportunity to interact with local professionals in my industry and provide trainings that are interesting and educational.

 

Q: What are you most looking forward to in your position as Vice President and AWA CCWUC?

A: I am looking forward to joining the leadership team that allows the ASCE YMF group to function successfully. With the AWA position, I will be part of the committee that plans the presentations/trainings that are part of the monthly luncheons; my committee succeeds by continuing to provide interesting and relevant material for the attendees.

 

Q: What’s the most interesting thing about you that we wouldn’t learn from your resume alone?

A: I have a wide variety of loves, or obsessions depending on how you look at it: cars (anything from track days to car shows to off-roading), architecture, travelling, baseball (my Dodgers), cooking and eating, playing sports, laughing and comedy in general, and spending time with family.

 


Natalie Osborn has been selected for APWA’s 2017-2018 Emerging Leaders Academy (ELA) Class XI.

 

Natalie has 5 years of experience in regulatory compliance, planning and design for water wastewater storm water, and recycled water projects. She provides storm water support to some of KEH’s biggest clients and is arguably holder of the most certificates on the KEH Team.

 

Q: Where are you from?

A: Oz… Specifically, in the small coastal town of Merimbula, Australia. (In case you’re wondering that’s nowhere near Sydney or Melbourne.)

 

Q: Why did you decide to apply for APWA’s Emerging Leaders Academy?

A: My supervisor, Ryan Gallagher, graduated from the program in 2012. We have been working together for over two years now and I have much respect him as an Engineer, as a colleague and as a mentor. Ryan took a great interest in my career progression from the beginning and continually pushes me to beat my own expectations. His insistence for me to apply to this program demonstrates his faith in my ability to be leader and he recognizes that I would benefit greatly from the experience.

 

KEH is a small firm where all the young engineers are encouraged to take on increasing responsibility for projects and clients. This program would equip me the skills to capably step into a leadership role and become a decision-maker within my company.

 

Q: What are you most looking forward to during the course?

A: I am most looking forward to going to the retreat – this weekend! – and meeting my fellow leadership team members from all over the country. I also hope to gain a similar confidence in my ability to communicate and mentor, as well as further develop my personal philosophy of leadership.

 

Q: If you were an addition to the crayon box, what color would you be and why?

A: I’d be the Sharpie that gets mixed up in the Crayon box because I’m not what you’d expect!

 

Q: What’s the most interesting thing about you that we wouldn’t learn from your resume alone?

A: I lived in a boat for 6 months and had a pet rat that ate my cereal – and stole my socks… And I have my very own panda.

 


Check out the Professional Organizations and see how you can get involved to grow your sphere of influence and have a greater impact in the industry.