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CEE Career Fair Can Change Your Life

The Civil and Environmental Engineering Department Career Fair can alter the whole trajectory of one's life. Just ask CEE senior Patricia Fox and UMass Amherst alumna Kate Biedron. That’s what happened to them. The CEE Career Fair took place on Thursday, February 25, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Gunness Student Center in Marcus Hall. All CEE students were encouraged to attend. Companies participating in the fair are filling positions for summer internships, co-op opportunities, and full-time permanent positions.

Among the numerous success stories triggered by the Career Fair is that of Fox, who couldn’t decide whether to study architecture or structural, environmental, or chemical engineering. She was interested in all four. Then, in her freshman year, she went to the fair and met CEE alumna Annemarie Rabazzi from Simpson Gumpertz & Heger (SGH) in Waltham, Massachusetts, a national-award-winning engineering firm that designs, investigates, and rehabilitates structures and building enclosures, especially historic ones. She advised Fox to study historic preservation, which combines architectural skills with chemical, structural, and environmental engineering expertise, and even suggested the courses needed for this multifaceted discipline.

Another alumna, Biedron, is one of many engineers who owe their jobs, in her case at Camp Dresser & McKee, to the Career Fair. “The career fair is the reason why I am now currently employed,” she says. “I spent my entire winter break of senior year applying online and sent resumes to every company I was interested in. Well, it turned out that the one company that scooped me up was CDM, which I contacted at the UMass CEE Career Fair.”

CEE has hosted the Career Fair for about 10 years now, and, due to its overwhelming popularity, now schedules the event twice a year.

Participating companies and government agencies at Thursday’s career fair include: Camp Dresser & McKee, Inc., Daniel O’Connell’s Sons, Inc., Environmental Partners Group, Inc., Fuss & O’Neill, Inc., General Dynamics – Bath Iron Works, GeoDesign, Inc., GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc., Hatch Mott MacDonald, Hazen and Sawyer, Loureiro Engineering Associates, Massachusetts Highway Department, Tata & Howard, Inc., United States Navy Officer Programs, Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc., Woodard & Curran, and Wright-Pierce. (February 2010)