Charlene Johnston

 In Civil Engineer, Stories

I am… a Senior Water Resources Civil Engineer Program Manager that started my collegiate experience expecting to be a court reporter. I didn’t even know what an engineer was back then as I grew up in a small town in Vermont in a blue collar family.

I chose Civil Engineering because… A job in the 80’s recession required me to understand corporate responsibility related to hazardous waste and chemical storage. Those challenges suddenly became much more interesting to me than any challenges I experienced in my existing role as a purchasing agent.

I like my job because… I love having different challenges to solve and that I work with other people that care about people and the environment.

I want others to know… we can turn around our world with every effort that we put forth.

This is my story… I get a kick out of people being surprised that I am an engineer; I don’t fit their vision. I’m a world traveler, certified yoga instructor, SCUBA diver, and pescatarian (vegetarian that eats fish occasionally). But I am also turning 50, love to garden, care for my home and family, volunteer on a national level for EWRI, and on a local level mentoring children or judging STEM projects. I graduated from UVM in 1997. At that time, there were a handful of women in my civil/environmental engineer class. I have worked in a variety of work environments and love the opportunity to work with young engineers. The young engineers I know are as diverse in their interests as I am. They are also caring and funny individuals. Our career is a great way to meet interesting people with diverse backgrounds. I welcome all to join us as we make the world a safer and healthier place to live.

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