Sharon Kenny
Sharon D. Kenny
Environmental Engineer, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Bala Cynwyd, PA

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Close Up
  • What I Do
    I protect human health and the environment.
  • Why Engineering?
    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.
  • School Days
    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!
  • My Day At Work
    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.
  • Best Part
    Working with math
  • Proud Moments
    Becoming ordained as a minister of The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.
  • Challenges
    Attending college full time while raising a child.
  • My Family
    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.
  • Dreams and Goals
    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.
  • Inspiration
    Carl Sagan; Stephen Hawking; Tim Minchin; and the 14th Dali Lama, Tenzin Gyatso
  • Want to be an Engineer?
    "Do one thing every day that scares you." Eleanor Roosevelt US diplomat & reformer (1884 - 1962)
  • Hobbies
    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
Biography
Sharon D. Kenny has over 15 years of experience in the environmental field, with particular expertise in the fields of hazardous chemicals and site remediation. She has directed projects related to compliance assistance; health and safety auditing; and land contamination for numerous industrial sectors, including manufacturing (coil coating, plating, foundries), water treatment, and federal facilities. Sharon has extensive experience in research, and has worked for several organizations, including National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). She is currently employed as an Environmental Engineer, serving as a GIS Training Coordinator in the Environmental Assessment and Innovation Division (EAID) of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Sharon holds a bachelor’s degree in Geology from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez; and two master’s degrees: one in Geochemistry from the University of Florida at Gainesville, and a second one in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She is certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP).
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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 science fair judge or other temporary volunteer at a local school.
Latest Questions
  • Maddie Woods, Mishawaka, IN asked Sharon Kenny, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

    Added Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 6:16 PM

    Hello! I am researching a career in Enviornmental Engineering, and I was wondering if you could answer a couple questions about college education for me. Thank you very much!
    1. What are three courses you took that are closely related to your current career?
    2. What were the two most challenging courses that you took in college?
    3. What methods and/or resources did you use to suceed in college?
    Answers 1
    Sharon Kenny, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
    Answered Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 6:16 PM

    Hello Maddie, 

    Thank you for reaching out to me. I will be very honored to contribute to your research. 

    1. The three courses I took that are closely related to my career:

    Hazardous and Industrial Waste Management - Class provided an ...

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  • Lauren, Boston asked Sharon Kenny, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

    Added Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 6:06 AM

    Hello Sharon, I graduated with a B.S. in Environmental Engineering, and have spent the past three years since graduation working in the oil and gas industry. I love my schedule (7 weeks work, 3 weeks off) I love the travel and global exposure, and yes I love the paycheck. But I do not have any career satisfaction and want to find something back in the environmental field, preferably land remediation. Do you have any advice on jobs that involve traveling or flexible schedules? I would be happy ...
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  • Salma, Organization/City asked Sharon Kenny, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

    Added Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 2:14 AM

    I am a fresh graduate chemical engineer and i have a genuine interest in the environmental engineering field, my question is how i could enter this field and what specializations are there?
    Answers 1
    Sharon Kenny, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
    Answered Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 2:14 AM

    Hello Salma,

    My sincere apologies for the delay in answering your question. Looks like something might had happened that did not allow the answer to be recorded and saved.

    So here it goes again:

    Congratulations on your graduation! I hope you are ...

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