Meet five of Haley & Aldrich’s pioneering women in STEM

Authored by: Haley & Aldrich Published on: March 21, 2018

In celebration of Women’s History Month, we’re featuring five of Haley & Aldrich’s impressive and innovative women: Nadia Glucksberg, Gloria Jimenez, Wystan Carswell, Amy Malick, and Katharine North Morrison. Learn more below about some of their cutting-edge work, as well as what and who have inspired them in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) field.   

 

Nadia Glucksberg, P.G., L.E.P., is a Senior Client Leader and Hydrogeologist at Haley & Aldrich based in Portland, Maine. She is also President of the Portland Chapter of Engineers Without Borders and has traveled to Ethiopia, India, and Ecuador to support engineering projects in those countries. 

Nadia Glucksberg

Tell us about one of the most impactful projects you’ve worked on in your career and how it impacted you, and your career.

“I have worked on many great projects from quick responses to long term cleanups. However, the most impactful project was an Engineers Without Borders (EWB) project where we installed a well, powered by a solar pump in a girls’ school in Abheypur, India. The well gave the K-5th graders water for their lunches (i.e., the lunch person can make more rice for everyone as carrying water was the limiting factor for feeding the school), water to wash their hands after using the latrines, water to drink, and water to bring home; cutting down the number of trips they would have to make. Ten years later, the pumps are still working, and the graduation rate has increased from under 50% to more than 80%. The girls in Abheypur are literate and have options for higher education.”

If you could give advice to a young woman who is interested in going into the STEM field, what would it be?

“Doing any job well takes commitment, energy, and risk taking. Make sure you enjoy what you are doing and never settle for boredom. My second piece of advice: just because something is not done your way – doesn’t mean it is wrong (and I still need to remember that too).”

 

Gloria Jimenez, Ph.D. candidate, is a Senior Staff Scientist at Haley & Aldrich based in Tucson, Arizona. While working on her Ph.D. at the University of Arizona (UA), she authored a study examining her UA-led team’s research of the natural temperature archives stored in coral. Their work revealed that the ocean around the Galápagos Islands has been warming since the 1970s. 

Gloria JimenezTell us about one of the most impactful projects you’ve worked on in your career and how it impacted you and your career.

 “As a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ecuador, I worked with the Fundación Cordillera Tropical, a non-profit environmental organization that worked to conserve natural landscapes in the southern part of Sangay National Park. We continually ran into basic but unanswered scientific questions—how much rain fell in the park? How did stream flow change over time? Was there a difference in water retention between soils under old-growth or clear-cut forest areas?

To answer these questions, I helped set up a hydrological monitoring project, including installing stream weirs and rain gauges and determining the appropriate equations to use to calculate flow and other variables. It was an incredible learning experience—in doing more with less, in stretching myself to obtain an answer, and in working with others to reach a seemingly impossible goal. It’s easy to be intimidated by things you don’t know or haven’t tried, but you can often achieve more than you think.”

If you could give advice to a young woman who is interested in going into the STEM field, what would it be?

"Finding a good mentor is crucial—even more so than working on projects in your specific area of interest. Especially for someone just starting to study or work in STEM, the most important thing to focus on is learning how to be a good scientist: how to approach a problem, do background research, collect data, analyze and make sense of your results, and present those results to others, verbally or in writing. These skills are largely transferable between fields, whether geology or physics or economics. Find someone who inspires you and is excited to teach you what they know. One of my current Ph.D. advisors, Kevin Anchukaitis, has been a truly exceptional mentor and role model. He combines passion for scientific research and a genuine dedication to teaching his students to become scientists.”

 

Wystan Carswell, Ph.D. E.I.T., is a Technical Specialist based in Haley & Aldrich’s Boston office. She recently gave a presentation during a Geo-Institute web conference titled, “Selection, Design, and Performance of Earth Support Systems in South Boston Seaport Area.” View the recording to learn more about Wystan’s work in Boston’s booming Seaport district. 

Wystan Carswell.jpgTell us about a mentor or leader who inspired you and had a major impact on your career.

“I have benefited from having many mentors that helped me get to where I am – it’s difficult to pick! I am continually inspired by the women that I have the opportunity to work with at Haley & Aldrich and feel very fortunate to work at an engineering firm that has women distributed throughout the hierarchy of the company, from intern to C-suite.”

Tell us about one of the most impactful projects you’ve worked on in your career and how it impacted you and your career.

“During my Ph.D. at UMass Amherst, I was a fellow of the National Science Foundation Wind Energy IGERT (Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship) — an interdisciplinary team of researchers from engineering, political science, regional planning, and environmental conservation researching together to find solutions for problems affecting U.S. offshore wind energy development. The IGERT fellowship supported a five-month research residency for me at the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute (NGI) in Oslo, Norway, where I worked with brilliant geotechnical engineers on state-of-the-art research and consulting projects. It was an amazing learning and networking opportunity, and I continue to collaborate on research projects with NGI to this day.”

If you could give advice to a young woman who is interested in going into the STEM field, what would it be?

“Go for it! Pursuing STEM fields can lead to a fascinating, fulfilling career, and there are lots of wonderful women out there who can help support and mentor you.”

 

Amy Malick is a Sustainability Client Leader at Haley & Aldrich and is based in our Walnut Creek, California office. She focuses on sustainability planning and implementation at airports and local governments. Amy recently helped the City of Chula Vista in California develop a Water Stewardship Plan by using an innovative approach that brought together government officials, residents, businesses and other members of the community to collaboratively develop a plan to address water scarcity.

Amy MalickWhy did you choose a career in STEM?

“I grew up in a region rich with natural beauty at a time when there was a raging debate about whether we could protect the environment without killing the economy. I knew then what the answer to that question was, but had no interest in doing advocacy work, and have always felt that I could be more effective on the technical and practical application side of things. My route was circuitous and had multiple intersections with public policy and community issues, but as a sustainability practitioner, each chapter of my career has helped me understand the world in a way that I wouldn’t have if I had simply taken a technical route.”

Tell us about one of the most impactful projects you’ve worked on in your career and how it impacted you and your career.

“While I was the Deputy Commissioner of Sustainability and Environment at Chicago O’Hare International Airports, I launched a range of innovative airport sustainability and corporate responsibility initiatives. Two of the most memorable efforts include a landscape maintenance program that utilizes rescued grazing animals and an airport beekeeping program that serves as job training for ex-offenders. As a lover of animals of all kinds, these were my two all-time favorite projects as I got to be with goats, sheep, burros, and llamas all summer long and learn about the wonders of honeybees while raising environmental awareness in the region. The media loved these initiatives and we brought a lot of goodwill to the airport by doing something creative and environmentally beneficial. The landscape grazing effort had a particularly great story; the low bidder on the project had planned to butcher their goats for meat, and as a lifelong vegetarian, I couldn’t live with that outcome, so I negotiated with them to come up with a different plan. Instead, they partnered with a rescue farm that lent a crew of previously abused and abandoned animals to the airport for grazing season, after which they returned safely home each year.”

 

Katharine North Morrison is a Senior Hydrogeologist and virtual Haley & Aldrich employee, living in Texas. She was recently featured by the National Ground Water Association for International Day of Women and Girls in Science.

Katharine North MorrisonTell us about a mentor or leader who inspired you and had a major impact on your career.

“I’m fortunate to have had many people who have inspired me, from elementary school teachers to professional mentors. Mentoring is always something you can ask for and most people are happy to give. I started at Haley & Aldrich in the Boston office right out of college and was inspired by a remediation project proposal for Industri-Plex Superfund site with Tom Holden and the late Russell Schuck. Tom and Russell were both very positive about my ability to contribute to this challenging project and were always available to answer questions. Their can-do attitudes made me feel like part of the team.”

If you could give advice to a young woman who is interested in going into the STEM field, what would it be?

“Follow what you enjoy. Say yes to interesting opportunities. It’s okay to say no. Don’t worry if you’re the only woman in the room. You never need permission to speak.”

 

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