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Lindsay Chateauvert, EIT

Lindsay graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2013 with her Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. She is currently an Associate Bridge Engineer in the Transportation Division of Pennoni Associates with a focus on bridge inspection and design. Prior to joining Pennoni, Lindsay worked for Amtrak as a Management Associate Engineer for the Bridge Production/Construction Department.

In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, scuba diving and crafting unsuccessful Pinterest DIYs.

What do you enjoy most about your current position? Your career?

During our holiday party last year, my coworker simplified his working experience by saying that it is dictated by the quality of conversation he is able to have. As a company, we don’t just go after work. We strive to win interesting projects and hire motivated intelligent employees who bring more to the table. The diversity and the challenges associated with the projects that we win are what I enjoy most about my job as an Associate Engineer at Pennoni. I am able to perform a variety of bridge inspections and work collaboratively on exciting bridge design projects. In doing so, I am constantly learning new skills and meeting new people who inspire me to think more innovatively as an engineer.

What advice would you give to a student currently studying engineering?

Shadow an engineer! Whether this is through a co-op, an internship, or by simply reaching out to an engineering firm to ask to shadow them for a day or two, it is extremely important. Engineering school verse the life of a working engineer is very different. In school, they train your brain on how to think as an engineer and work through technical problems relating to various infrastructures. However, most of the work that you perform is based on a correct answer to essentially a math problem. In the working industry, you apply that knowledge in a completely different way depending on what position you have chosen. You are given a real-world problem and have to draw on your engineering basis to solve it. You have to use standards, work collaboratively with clients, and produce a product or an end report that solves the task they assigned you. The work is fun and interesting and definitely never boring. However, I wish I had shadowed more engineers before transitioning into the working profession so I had a clearer understanding of the career I was choosing.

How/when did you realize you wanted to be a civil engineer? Why did you first study engineering?

I always loved math growing up, however, I didn’t know much about civil engineering. After changing my major a few times my freshman year, I stumbled upon an engineering website that broke each engineering concentration down into a pie chart showing the general amount of physics, math, chemistry, etc. that were involved to obtain each degree. The civil engineering pie chart had the largest section of math and soon enough, I found myself changing my major again. While I was partially allowing the “magical” pie chart to dictate my career, I did follow it up with extensive research on civil engineering and the career potentials following school. The profession seemed to allow me to use math, work with my hands, and collaborate with colleagues and clients on a daily basis. All three of these skills intrigued me, and became the basis of why I enjoyed school and my current career!

What has been your favorite part of being a ASCE YMF Board Member?

My favorite part of being an ASCE YMF board member are the people. I am surrounded by some of the most intelligent, driven, and self-motivated younger members who continue to inspire me to work harder on a daily basis.