Brianna Medema, P.E.
Brianna Medema, P.E.
Development Review, City of Aurora
Parker, CO

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I graduated with a BS in Engineering, Chemical Concentration in 2008 and have worked in various aspects of the Oil and Gas industry, and then moved onto permitting where I pivoted into Development Review for a City. I started out working on a Produced Water Recycling plant in Colorado, moved to Washington and worked at a refinery and then moved into the space between these two! The main projects that I have been working on recently involve permitting, design and engineering crude oil and natural gas transportation by buried pipeline with facilities on both ends. I started working as a Chemical Engineer, then a Process Engineer, to a Project Engineer, to a Project Manager, then shifted to Public Work - Back to Project Engineer. I have gone from working mostly independently to running a team that completes projects, then reviewing development projects for a City. In Development review, each project is different! In my personal life, I am married to a Mechanical Engineer and a mother to 2 boys. My husband and I both work full time. When I was in school, I loved puzzles, word problems, and science. No one in my family was an engineer and I didn't know it was something that would fit my life so well! A high school math teacher recommended I try studying engineering, and I could not be happier!
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  • Vitas asked Brianna Medema, P.E., City of Aurora

    Added Thursday, November 22, 2018 at 6:53 PM

    They have Engineering Science and Chemistry, I don't know which one will help me when pursuing a Master's in Chemical Engineering (I'm new to this). I also heard a lot of comments saying that some Chemical Engineer's don't acknowledge people with a non Chemical Engineering bachelor's who pursue a Master's in this kind of field because they are not considered to be a real Chemical Engineer? I don't know if this is false information or if is actually true.
    Related to Chemical, Choosing a Degree, Engineering Branches, Graduate School, Merging Fields, Self Doubt
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  • Izzy, Cincinnati asked Brianna Medema, P.E., City of Aurora

    Added Sunday, September 18, 2016 at 6:03 PM

    What do you wear to work?
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    Brianna Medema, P.E., City of Aurora
    Answered Sunday, September 18, 2016 at 6:03 PM
    I work in the Denver Technology Center (south of Downtown) and my office is "business causal" and the president of the company wears blue jeans almost every day.  If I worked downtown Denver, the standard engineering dress is more formal.  The east coast ...
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  • Henrico, Singapore

    Added Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at 11:25 AM

    Hi there, may I know what is the difference between what a Chemical Engineer and an Environmental Engineer does? What is the fine line that separates these two?
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    Brianna Medema, P.E., City of Aurora
    Answered Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at 11:25 AM
    I graduated from a school that offered 5 different engineering concentrations: Chemical, Mechanical, Electrical, Civil & Environmental.  The Environmental concentration people took a few chemistry classes but it was mostly a Civil Engineering degree with ...
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