On Friday, March 25, OCI was honored to present at AAUW’s Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) event at Bellevue College. EYH offers high school girls the opportunity to explore careers in areas based on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). This is the second year that OCI engineers have led a workshop at EYH focused on one of our core services, stormwater engineering.
OCI President, Tarelle Osborn, Project Managers, Ann Bryant and Deepa Mungasavalli, and Project Engineer Jana Hindman led the workshop, “Stormwater Engineering to Save Our Environment.” Many of the girls attending OCI’s workshop had not heard of stormwater engineering as a career path. After learning about how polluted water drains into our community’s waterbodies and through designing their own water filter using sand and gravel, the students left with a better understanding of the value and importance of stormwater engineering in keeping our environment healthy and sustainable. Students also learned about several interesting OCI projects, including the Venema Natural Drainage System project in Seattle and the Inglewood Neighborhood Drainage project in Sammamish.
As a primarily women-owned firm, OCI was honored to have the opportunity to interact with so many young women who are passionate about STEM careers, especially the number of students who told us they want to be an engineer! Whether their path takes them to stormwater engineering or elsewhere, we look forward to all the things these bright female students will accomplish in their careers.