Sharon Kenny

Environmental Engineer, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Go to her Profile
INTERVIEW DATE February 9, 2012
HER JOB Environmental Engineer, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Engineering Careers
Environmental |

I chose to study engineering because it enables me not only to understand the science behind a problem, but also to develop and build solutions to these problems.

Sharon Kenny, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

ADDEDThursday, February 9, 2012

  • Q
    Describe what you do in your current work situation?
    A
    I protect human health and the environment.
  • Q
    Why did you choose engineering?
    A
    I chose to study engineering because it enables me not only to understand the science behind a problem, but also to develop and build solutions to these problems.
  • Q
    Where did you go to school and what degree(s) do you have?
    A
    I have two master's degree: one in Civil Engineering (2003) from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and a second one in Geochemistry (2001) from the University of Florida. GO GATORS!
  • Q
    What kinds of activities have typically been part of your work?
    A
    I am a Project Manager for the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Corrective Action program, which addresses investigation and cleanup of past and present contamination at operating industrial facilities. I also assist in the advancement of new regulation for toxic substances, and in the development of strategic planning and programmatic goals for the Sustainable Materials Management program.
  • Q
    What do you like best about being an engineer?
    A
    Working with math
  • Q
    Which of your career accomplishments are you proudest of?
    A
    Becoming ordained as a minister of The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.
  • Q
    What challenges have you met and conquered in your pursuit of an engineering career?
    A
    Attending college full time while raising a child.
  • Q
    Please tell us a little about your family.
    A
    I have three amazing kids (two teenagers and a toddler), and a wonderful husband. We love to go camping, play tennis, and discuss topics we discover in Reddit.
  • Q
    What are your short-term (1-2 years) and long-term (10+ years) goals?
    A
    My short term goal is to purchase a sailboat and travel around the world while finishing my PhD studies in Engineering Economics.  Once we return from our circumnavigation of the globe, I would like to continue my career at the World Bank or the United Nations Environment Programme.  During my free time, I would love to teach math, science and engineering.
  • Q
    What (or who) had/has the greatest influence on your life choices?
    A
    Carl Sagan; Stephen Hawking; Tim Minchin; and the 14th Dali Lama, Tenzin Gyatso
  • Q
    What advice would you give to a young woman considering a career in engineering?
    A
    "Do one thing every day that scares you." Eleanor Roosevelt US diplomat & reformer (1884 - 1962)
  • Q
    Describe something about your life outside of work: your hobbies, or perhaps a favorite book.
    A
    I love to read!  My favorite books are: The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz;  How The Rich Are Destroying the Earth by Hervé Kempf;  Skinny Bitches by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin; and  Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein