Barbara Nielsen
Barbara K Nielsen
Manager, Remediation Services, Freeport-McMoRan Inc.

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Barbara K. Nielsen is a geological engineer from SDSM&T. She has 30 years of permitting, characterization and remediation experience on a variety of sites. Nielsen began her career as a regulator in South Dakota were she progressed to managing several ground water protection programs, which included developing water quality investigations and ground water monitoring programs for open pit, heap leach gold mines. She consulted for RESPEC for 12 years, where she eventually managed its Environmental Service Division. She also served on the South Dakota Board of Environmental Professionals during this time. For over 10 years, she has been the Manager of Remediation Projects for Freeport-McMoRan Inc, Phoenix, AZ. Several projects that she managed have received honors: the Colorado Environmental Leadership Program Bronze Award; the U.S. Bureau of Land Management highest honors Hardrock Minerals Environmental Award; and from the American Council of Engineering Companies – The National Recognition Award for an Arizona project, the Arizona Chapter Engineering Excellence Award, and the Washington Chapter Silver Award.

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  • Jesse

    Added Friday, January 27, 2017 at 11:03 PM

    I just feel like I am not "smart" enough to be successful in that field sometimes. Reason being is because it is such broad field.
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    Barbara Nielsen, Freeport-McMoRan Inc.
    Answered Friday, February 10, 2017 at 1:06 PM
    It depends on the field you want to go into.  As an Environmental Engineer there are several opportunities, Mining, Oil and Gas, Water Infrastructure, Stormwater, Geotechnical, Remediation, etc.  I would make sure you have a solid understanding of ...
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  • Rachel P, Long Island

    Added Friday, July 8, 2016 at 1:31 AM

    hello. I am currently a sophomore, going to be a jr, in college and I am studying biology, however its my dream to be an environmental engineer. I've been trying to transfer to another school with an environmental engineering program this whole summer but its hasn't been going smoothly. Most colleges wont accept most of my credits because the majors are so different and I don't really have the money or patience to do four more years of undergrad. So I was hoping that I would be able to finish ...
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    Barbara Nielsen, Freeport-McMoRan Inc.
    Answered Friday, July 8, 2016 at 1:31 AM

    Rachel – Going to a State school will not adversely affect you when applying for grad school.  They look mainly at your grads and your area of interest.  However, it will be extremely difficult to get into an Environmental Engineering ...

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  • Emma, Hoover, AL

    Added Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at 9:29 PM

    Hi, I'm a high school sophomore but I would like some help finding out about different (summer?) programs that I should look into in order to get on the path to Aerospace engineering. Some things I've done already: 1. I am currently looking at: Lipscomb, Vanderbilt, Auburn, Tennessee Tech, Virginia Tech, Rose Hulman, Cedarville, Central Florida, Mississippi State, Texas A&M, and possibly more. 2. I have toured Lipscomb, Vanderbilt, and Auburn so far. 3. I was part of Alabama power's Girls in ...
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    Barbara Nielsen, Freeport-McMoRan Inc.
    Answered Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at 9:29 PM
    I am not well versed in Aerospace Engineering, but my understanding is NASA may offer summer camps.  I would recommend you contact the Human Resources Department at NASA.  They would be a very good source regarding preparation for Aerospace Engineering.
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