Morgan Lynch

Morgan Lynch

Title
Water Resources Project Manager
Organization
CH2M Hill
Location
Denver, CO, United States
Morgan Lynch
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Biography
I graduated with my Civil Engineering degree from Colorado State University in 2003. I worked in Colorado, then Texas and now I am back in Colorado. I focus on Stormwater Engineering. What does this mean? This means I get to deal with anything you see that relates to rain or snow. I enjoy studying rivers the most, to determine who will flood and who will stay dry in big storm events. I get to study things that may happen as well as design projects that will prevent damage to streams, property and loss of life. I LOVE what I do and it allows me to do other fun things in life like run, travel (I have even gone to the Olympics!!!), snowboard, hike, camp, fish and go to concerts. To me that was all I ever wanted, to enjoy my job and get in a field that allows me to enjoy life.
Education
Colorado State University
  • I am willing to be contacted by educators for possible speaking engagements in schools or in after school programs or summer camps.
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  • I am willing to serve as science fair judge or other temporary volunteer at a local school.
  • I am willing to be contacted about potential job shadowing by interested students.
  • I am willing to be interviewed by interested students via email.
Answers by Morgan Lynch

Alex-

I have limited experience with Urban Planners, but all the ones I have worked with do have a degree in Urban Planning.  If that is where you want to take your career, I would highly advise that you pursue your masters.  If you are not sure, you could start out in Civil Engineering and see where life takes you.  You can always go back to school.  The worst thing is when I see young engineers who have master degrees in completely unrelated fields then their chosen career path.

Hope this helps!

Morgan

Hi Morgan, I am a recent college graduate with a degree in Business Economics and am looking into Environmental Engineering for a potential career change. I know you are a Civil Engineer, but found you via a question you answered about Environmental engineering. I've already started classes so that I can continue my studies and eventually pursue a Master's in Engineering (Or potentially a second bachelors then a masters). Currently, I'm torn between civil, environmental and mechanical. I always thought Civil dealt with bridge construction and infrastructure. However, your job description sounds awesome and unlike any civil engineering position I've seen. I'd to ask you some more questions about civil engineering.1. What drew you to the field of civil engineering instead of environmental or another field of engineering?2. A lot of environmental engineering jobs I've seen involve water and waste management; could an Environmental Engineer do Stormwater Engineering?3. My mom is also an engineer within the aerospace/defense industry and has faced some discrimination in the office because she is one of the few females. What have your experiences as a woman in the field been like? 4. Do you know of any other environmental or civil engineers that I could get into contact with? I'd really love to learn as much as I can about the fields before I start taking classes in a certain specialty. And, I'd really like to interview as many people as I canThank you very much for your time! I appreciate your help!Sincerely,Madeline

Madeline-

Thank you for reaching out to me.  I have attempted to answer your questions below, please let me know if you have any additional questions.  I wish you nothing but luck in your engineering studies.

1. What drew you to the field of civil engineering instead of environmental or another field of engineering?  Someone once told me if you look at something, say a fan, and wonder how it works you should be a mechanical engineer.  I never wondered that, so I got into civil engineering.  I am passionate about the environment, but was told that a civil engineer can work as an environmental engineer but not all environmental engineers can do civil work.  I did not want to limit myself since engineering is everything around us.  Like you noticed, what I do is related to stormwater engineering.  I just stumbled into this field and so happy I did.  You never know where life, your career will take you so be open and try not to limit yourself or focus on one thing while in college.  Learn as much as you can in your undergrad studies.

2. A lot of environmental engineering jobs I've seen involve water and waste management; could an Environmental Engineer do Stormwater Engineering?  In my experience, I have only hired civil engineers.  Not to say I would not hire an environmental but I would look for a candidate that has taken hydrology, hydraulics and maybe another water related course.

3. My mom is also an engineer within the aerospace/defense industry and has faced some discrimination in the office because she is one of the few females. What have your experiences as a woman in the field been like?  My experiences have been mostly positive.  I felt that I was one of the few women engineers while in college.  That experience prepared me for working in a male dominated field.  I tend to enjoy working more at firms that have women in leadership positions.  However, you do notice it more at conferences and professional organizations.  I have been fortunate to work with talented women throughout my career and I am always excited when a young woman shows interest in engineering.  We need more of them!

4. Do you know of any other environmental or civil engineers that I could get into contact with? I'd really love to learn as much as I can about the fields before I start taking classes in a certain specialty. And, I'd really like to interview as many people as I can.  I would continue to use this site, however I do know some environmental engineers and will reach out to them on your behalf.  If you don’t mind I can just send them the questions you sent me.

Thank you!
Morgan

My first internship I spent the summer organizing old project photos. Don't get discouraged! Try to learn as much as you can from the conversations that you hear around you. Also, ask! If there is a meeting or a project you want to be a part of, ask if there is anyway you can help. Once you do graduate, if you take on full time employment there, things should change. If not, exploring new opportunities may be a good option. Hope that helps!

Alexandria- I was in your exact situation! And don't worry, once you start school you can switch engineering majors, the key is to start out in engineering. I will give you the advice that was given to me that has proved to be true over the course of my career, "Start out in Civil Engineering. All Civil Engineers can be Environmental Engineers but not all Environmental Engineers can be Civil Engineers." My advice is to start out in a "broader" degree choice, Civil Engineering or Mechnical Engineering. If you start liking a specialized area you can take classes in that during your junior or senior year in school or even get a minor depending on where you go. Most of us start out thinking we will like one area and end up loving another, so don't limit yourself upfront. Hope this helps! And good luck! Morgan