Prior to joining the company, Jessica served for five years on active duty as a military intelligence officer in the U.S. Army. At Burns & McDonnell, as a project manager and process engineer, she continues her dedication and commitment to serving the public through the municipal water and wastewater treatment facility projects she leads. Throughout her career, she’s supported dozens of projects across the U.S.
I have always loved math and science! When I was young, one of my favorite books was “The Magic School Bus At the Waterworks.” While for a time I was interested in aeronautical engineering, I never lost interest in water treatment design.
I am an Army veteran with deployments to Iraq and Africa, and a former Division I college tennis player who at one point also rode a unicycle and juggled.
Aside from the people I work with, one of the coolest things I love to do is called jar testing. This uses an apparatus to simulate the water treatment process on a small scale. We can take a municipality's raw water and chemicals to test different treatment strategies and help us and our clients make informed treatment and design decisions.
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Our infrastructure is aging, and everyone is facing challenges with limited resources. Making improvements to replace, repair and rehabilitate for this generation and the next is so important. It's very exciting also to see how our company collaborates internally. The further into my career, the more collaboration takes place. And seeing all the great projects we work on, offering new perspectives and learning new things has been awesome.