Stacy Clark

Stacy Clark

Construction Project Manager, Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation
Brooklyn, NY

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  • What I Do

    I'm a project manager for the design and construction phases of waterfront projects (mostly) at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, which is an industrial park in NYC. That means I spend my time drafting contracts and procurement documents, reviewing invoices from engineers and contractors, tracking budgets, reviewing schedules and just generally making sure everyone does all the work they're supposed to do in order to complete a project.

  • School Days

    I have a B.S. in Environmental Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and I'm currently pursuing an M.S. in Construction Management.

  • My Day At Work

    At the beginning of my career, I did a lot of field work (taking measurements, mapping out utilities, getting sludge samples, etc.) and also a lot of office work (preparing drawings in AutoCAD and writing specifications). Now I'm in the office much more often doing things like drafting contracts and procurement documents, reviewing invoices from engineers and contractors working on the projects I manage and tracking budgets and schedules.

  • Best Part

    I love having the inside scoop on on things like what happens to the water you flush down a toilet, how a building comes to be, how a manhole is installed in the street, etc. These are things we think about every day as engineers, but people outside the field don't necessarily have the opportunity to understand how the world around them is built.

  • Challenges

    I think it's challenging for everyone to apply to college, pick a major and adjust to life in college once you're there. As a first-generation college student, I found these things particularly challenging because I didn't really have anyone in my family to go to for tips or advice. Since my family didn't really have much money, I worked two part-time jobs through most of college, so that was also hard to navigate. It took me the whole first semester and failing a class to get into a routine where I had time to study and do my homework. Since I started college in the midst of a recession (circa 2008), it was almost impossible to find a paid internship. Working without pay wasn't really an option for me, which meant I spent my summers working at Quiznos instead of getting unpaid internship experience to put on my resume. I think that made it tougher to find a full-time job toward the end of college. I applied to over 120 jobs all over the country before I even got a phone interview! It was tough, but everything worked out. My biggest challenge now is trying to find a company to work for that shares my values and I'd like to stay at long-term.

  • My Family

    I'm from rural upstate New York, with farmers on my dad's side. I'm the first to graduate from college and the first engineer. I got married about two years ago, and we have one dog and one cat.

  • Dreams and Goals

    My major short-term goal is to finish my master's degree! My major long-term goal is to start my own business (but I have no idea what that will look like yet).

  • Inspiration

    Strangely, Superstorm Sandy. I started working on Superstorm Sandy recovery and resiliency sort of by coincidence because the storm hit the NYC area only 5 months after I graduated from college. Climate change slapped us across the face, and we had to start acting immediately to rebuild our city. I saw how the damage impacted infrastructure, waterways, homeowners, tenants and workers in ways I never even imagined. It's humbling to work on projects that help low-income homeowners lower their flood insurance cost or make their home more resilient, projects that help dock-workers keep their jobs and projects that help rebuild our critical infrastructure (hospitals and wastewater treatment plants) even stronger than before. 

  • Hobbies

    camping, kayaking, hiking, baking, making ice cream, cross stitching

  • Proud Moments

    Passing the PE exam (after failing it once)! I'm also generally proud of the type of work I do, which is helping NYC rebuild and build stronger after Superstorm Sandy.

Biography
My first exposure to engineering happened when I was selected by my school to attend a math and science camp for girls during 7th and 8th grade. I knew I wanted to be an engineer after this experience, but I had no idea what kind. I started my college career as a Biomedical Engineering major but switched to Environmental Engineering during my sophomore year after meeting some upperclassmen in the Environmental Engineering program and hearing more about what they learned in class and what they planned to do after graduating. It fascinated me. I started working immediately after I graduated from college in 2012. Superstorm Sandy hit the NYC area about 5 months later, and it changed my career path and interests in a way I never could have anticipated. From that time, most of the projects I've worked on have been related to Superstorm Sandy. I've provided design and construction services to help hospitals and wastewater treatment plants rebuild after the storm; I've contributed to a program to help low- to moderate-income homeowners learn how to make their homes more resilient to flooding so they can save on flood insurance costs and hopefully not have significant damage when the next hurricane comes; and I've managed design and construction projects to build resiliency to marine structures at an industrial park in Brooklyn so people can keep their jobs and so more jobs can come to the area. It's humbling for me to spend my work days working out small details for projects that will ultimately have a big impact on the homeowners, residents and workers of New York City.
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Education
B.S. in Environmental Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), May 2012 Currently pursuing M.S. in Environmental Engineering from Manhattan College, expected graduation May 2020
Volunteer Opportunities
  • I am willing to be contacted by educators for possible speaking engagements in schools or in after school programs or summer camps.
  • I am willing to serve as a sponsor or coach for an engineering club or team.
  • I am willing to serve as science fair judge or other temporary volunteer at a local school.
  • I am willing to host a field trip to my place of employment.
  • I am willing to be contacted about potential job shadowing by interested students.