Meet three 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 three of Haley & Aldrich’s impressive and innovative women: Nadia Glucksberg Wystan Carswell, 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. 

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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).”

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.”

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.”

Are you inspired by this creative and innovative work? Read our tips to empower women in the AEC industry, or visit our careers page to see what opportunities may be available for you to start tackling tough issues facing the world.

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