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17: ASCE (Civil Engineering) President and Las Vegas Program Manager – Kristina Swallow

Kristina Swallow earned an Undergraduate Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Arizona and a Masters Degree from UNLV (University of Nevada Las Vegas). She is currently the American Society of Civil Engineers president and a Program Manager for the city of Las Vegas, Nevada. She has also run her own company and was a Lead Transportation Policy Adviser for a Senator in Washington D.C. where she helped shape legislation.

Civil Engineering can have many different paths; support community development, manage water resources, create building structures, develop transportation strategies, or be on the operational and maintenance side.

For many Civil Engineering positions, a Masters degree will be very helpful and in many cases required. One must always remember that engineers are taught to solve problems however Civil Engineering is a people serving profession, so you need to make sure you are solving the right problem.

Kristina recommends staying on top of everything in college, you cannot afford to get behind, and be sure to get plenty of sleep. You should get involved not only with your professional societies like ASCE, but also try to broaden your interests. Her best advice is to just say, YES, and to always be reading.

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