Engineers Week Spotlight | Kendra Ramsell, EI | Civil Engineer

How many years of experience do you have as an engineer?

I have 4.5 years of experience as an engineer.

When/how did you discover that you wanted to become a civil engineer?

I developed a strong desire to enter the field of environmental protection while taking AP Environmental Science during my junior year of high school. At the time, I was also applying to colleges and realized that the University of Maine offered an undergraduate program in Environmental Engineering that was coupled with Civil Engineering. As it turns out, the program was heavy on the Civil side; Environmental courses weren’t introduced until my third year.  I was strongest in environmental-based engineering courses, but by the end of my college career, I’d come to love both disciplines.

What do you like most about the work you do?

It feels good to know that because of what we do, each project complies with environmental regulations that have been set in place for a reason. Development is a necessity; finding cost-effective and innovative ways to develop using green practices, is what inspires me.

What is your favorite/most notable project and why?

LL Bean’s Corporate Headquarters in Freeport, ME has been my favorite and most notable project. Phase 1 of the project is currently under construction. Improvements include a complete renovation of an existing building, which will transform the inside from warehouse to office space. Existing utilities were updated/rerouted, stormwater treatment was increased, and new site features were added, including pedestrian paths, landscaped areas, new parking, and a terrace for outdoor fitness and dining. It was and is LL Bean’s goal to provide a work environment for their employees that represents the company’s #1 value: Be an Outsider. I was happy to be a part of the team that made this happen.

What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about becoming an engineer?

Figure out what you’re passionate about and make it your goal to incorporate that into your career. It’s a long road to retirement; you should love what you’re doing while you’re along for the ride.

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