Burns & McDonnell Reaches a Milestone Hiring its First Alumna from the Battle of the Brains K-12 STEM Competition
Burns & McDonnell Reaches a Milestone Hiring its First Alumna from the Battle of the Brains K-12 STEM Competition
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Burns & McDonnell Reaches a Milestone Hiring its First Alumna from the Battle of the Brains K-12 STEM Competition
07/26/2018 2 minute read

KANSAS CITY, Missouri — Burns & McDonnell has hired its first alumna from the Burns & McDonnell Battle of the Brains, a K-12 competition promoting science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Olivia Haney is now interning at Burns & McDonnell as an environmental scientist. The Olathe North High School graduate was part of two grand prize winning Battle of the Brains teams.

Olivia Haney, Burns & McDonnell

“Burns & McDonnell helped me transform my interest in STEM into a career path,” says Olivia Haney, environmental scientist intern, Burns & McDonnell. “The time we spent with the STEM professionals at Burns & McDonnell and Science City helped me discover my interest in environmental science. Now, I've had the opportunity to work side by side with the STEM professionals who inspired me as a high schooler. It's been an awesome experience!”

Launched in 2011, the Burns & McDonnell Battle of the Brains is a K-12 STEM competition where students compete for a chance to win grant money and the opportunity to work with STEM professionals to build a $1 million exhibit at Science City.

Haney’s Olathe North High School team won the inaugural competition producing the first Battle of the Brains exhibit at Science City, Science of Energy: Unplugged. She was also on the winning Olathe North team in 2014 that designed the water-focused exhibit, Every Last Drop.

“Having a student who participated in the Battle of the Brains program come to work as a STEM professional at Burns & McDonnell is the ultimate dream,” says Julee Koncak, Burns & McDonnell Foundation director. “There are simply more STEM jobs than there are people to fill them. Our mission is to introduce kids to STEM and the many types of careers available within this industry. We show them how they can make an incredible impact on our world – touching everything from technology to infrastructure.” 

Koncak says Haney is one of 18,000 students who have participated in Battle of the Brains over the past seven years. Now, the Kansas State University senior, double-majoring in Chemistry and Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, is supporting future STEM leaders through her continued involvement with Battle of the Brains. Haney recently met with the current winners of the Battle of the Brains, students at Grandview’s FOCUS program at the Center for Alternative Instructional Resources (CAIR). The fifth through seventh graders are working with STEM professionals now to bring their winning proposal about the brain to life at Science City. This will be the fifth Battle of the Brains exhibit set to open at Science City in early 2019. Haney hopes to be there once again to cheer on the newest Battle of the Brain class, that may include the next Burns & McDonnell employee.

To learn more about how to get involved with Burns & McDonnell Battle of the Brains, as well as additional facts about the program, click here.

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  1. Burns & McDonnell Logo
  2. Release - Burns & McDonnell Reaches a Milestone Hiring its First Alumna from the Battle of the Brains K-12 STEM Competition
  3. Contact Photo - Olivia Haney, environmental science intern, Burns & McDonnell
  4. Contact Photo - Julee Koncak, Burns & McDonnell Foundation director, Burns & McDonnell
  5. Photo - 2013 Battle of the Brains Award Ceremony
  6. Photo - 2013 Battle of the Brains Award Ceremony
  7. Photo - 2014 Every Last Drop exhibit grand opening at Science City at Union Station in Kansas City, Missouri
  8. Photo - 2014 exhibit grand opening at Science City at Union Station in Kansas City, Missouri
  9. Photo - 2014 exhibit grand opening at Science City at Union Station in Kansas City, Missouri
  10. Photo - 2014 exhibit grand opening at Science City at Union Station in Kansas City, Missouri
  11. Photo - 2014 Every Last Drop exhibit grand opening at Science City at Union Station in Kansas City, Missouri
  12. Photo - 2014 exhibit grand opening at Science City at Union Station in Kansas City, Missouri
  13. Photo - 2014 exhibit Every Last Drop grand opening at Science City at Union Station in Kansas City, Missouri
  14. Photo - 2013 Unplugged exhibit grand opening at Science City at Union Station in Kansas City, Missouri
  15. Photo - Olivia Haney in the field as Burns & McDonnell 2018 environmental science intern
  16. Photo - 2014 Every Last Drop exhibit grand opening at Science City at Union Station in Kansas City, Missouri
  17. Photo - 2014 Every Last Drop Battle of the Brains exhibit at Science City at Union Station in Kansas City, Missouri
  18. Photo - Olivia Haney in the field as 2018 Burns & McDonnell environmental science intern
  19. Photo - Olivia Haney with fellow Burns & McDonnell Interns at 2018 Community Service Project at restart
  20. Photo - Olivia Haney with fellow Burns & McDonnell Interns at 2018 Community Service Project at restart
  21. Photo - Olivia Haney with fellow Burns & McDonnell Interns at 2018 Community Service Project at restart
  22. Photo - Olivia Haney with fellow Burns & McDonnell interns at 2018 sand volleyball intramurals
  23. Photo - Olivia Haney on 2013 Unplugged site visit
  24. Photo - Olivia Haney’s 2014 Tapped Out exhibit header from original submission proposal
  25. Photo - 2013 Unplugged site visit at Science City at Union Station in Kansas City, Missouri
  26. Photo - Olivia Haney at 2014 Every Last Drop exhibit grand opening
  27. Photo - Science of Energy: Unplugged 2013 Exhibit Reveal
  28. Photo - 2017 Burns & McDonnell Battle of the Brains Awards Ceremony
  29. Photo - Battle of the Brains Grandview Prize Winners Reaction
  30. Photo - Battle of the Brains Grandview Grand Prize Winners Hug
  31. Photo - Battle of the Brains Grandview Grand Prize Winners on Stage
  32. Photo - Olivia Haney presenting landfill demonstration on July 17 to Grandview School District students, 2017 Battle of the Brains Competition winners
  33. Photo - Olivia Haney presenting landfill demonstration on July 17 to Grandview School District students, 2017 Battle of the Brains Competition winners
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Media Kit
  1. Burns & McDonnell Logo
  2. Release - Burns & McDonnell Reaches a Milestone Hiring its First Alumna from the Battle of the Brains K-12 STEM Competition
  3. Contact Photo - Olivia Haney, environmental science intern, Burns & McDonnell
  4. Contact Photo - Julee Koncak, Burns & McDonnell Foundation director, Burns & McDonnell
  5. Photo - 2013 Battle of the Brains Award Ceremony
  6. Photo - 2013 Battle of the Brains Award Ceremony
  7. Photo - 2014 Every Last Drop exhibit grand opening at Science City at Union Station in Kansas City, Missouri
  8. Photo - 2014 exhibit grand opening at Science City at Union Station in Kansas City, Missouri
  9. Photo - 2014 exhibit grand opening at Science City at Union Station in Kansas City, Missouri
  10. Photo - 2014 exhibit grand opening at Science City at Union Station in Kansas City, Missouri
  11. Photo - 2014 Every Last Drop exhibit grand opening at Science City at Union Station in Kansas City, Missouri
  12. Photo - 2014 exhibit grand opening at Science City at Union Station in Kansas City, Missouri
  13. Photo - 2014 exhibit Every Last Drop grand opening at Science City at Union Station in Kansas City, Missouri
  14. Photo - 2013 Unplugged exhibit grand opening at Science City at Union Station in Kansas City, Missouri
  15. Photo - Olivia Haney in the field as Burns & McDonnell 2018 environmental science intern
  16. Photo - 2014 Every Last Drop exhibit grand opening at Science City at Union Station in Kansas City, Missouri
  17. Photo - 2014 Every Last Drop Battle of the Brains exhibit at Science City at Union Station in Kansas City, Missouri
  18. Photo - Olivia Haney in the field as 2018 Burns & McDonnell environmental science intern
  19. Photo - Olivia Haney with fellow Burns & McDonnell Interns at 2018 Community Service Project at restart
  20. Photo - Olivia Haney with fellow Burns & McDonnell Interns at 2018 Community Service Project at restart
  21. Photo - Olivia Haney with fellow Burns & McDonnell Interns at 2018 Community Service Project at restart
  22. Photo - Olivia Haney with fellow Burns & McDonnell interns at 2018 sand volleyball intramurals
  23. Photo - Olivia Haney on 2013 Unplugged site visit
  24. Photo - Olivia Haney’s 2014 Tapped Out exhibit header from original submission proposal
  25. Photo - 2013 Unplugged site visit at Science City at Union Station in Kansas City, Missouri
  26. Photo - Olivia Haney at 2014 Every Last Drop exhibit grand opening
  27. Photo - Science of Energy: Unplugged 2013 Exhibit Reveal
  28. Photo - 2017 Burns & McDonnell Battle of the Brains Awards Ceremony
  29. Photo - Battle of the Brains Grandview Prize Winners Reaction
  30. Photo - Battle of the Brains Grandview Grand Prize Winners Hug
  31. Photo - Battle of the Brains Grandview Grand Prize Winners on Stage
  32. Photo - Olivia Haney presenting landfill demonstration on July 17 to Grandview School District students, 2017 Battle of the Brains Competition winners
  33. Photo - Olivia Haney presenting landfill demonstration on July 17 to Grandview School District students, 2017 Battle of the Brains Competition winners
  34. Corporate Profile