KELLY B.

Geologist
Cincinnati, OH
Year Joined: 2015

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What initially attracted you to Trihydro?
I was very excited to transition and work at a smaller consulting company solely focused on environmental engineering and consulting, after working for a large, Fortune 500 engineering and consulting company for many years.

What do you do at Trihydro? 
I am a Geologist based out of Trihydro’s Cincinnati office.  I work with a variety of commercial and governmental clients on jobs including environmental site assessments and site investigations under different state and federal programs including the OEPA VAP, recycling and sustainability program design, and general environmental compliance reporting. 

Describe your most interesting or exciting day and/or experience on the job.
The constant change of projects and working with different clients makes consulting immensely interesting and exciting. My most exciting experience to date with Trihydro has been watching a Material Recovery Facility (aka a Recycling Facility) at an Army installation begin to re-bale and sell recyclable materials after I designed a Pilot Recycling Program for the installation. The installation had not sold any of its recyclable material in many years despite having an equipped facility.   

What do you like best about working at Trihydro? 
The great people I get to work with every day!  It is also exciting to work out of an office that is actively growing and expanding.  To be a part of a company’s growth is a fun and rewarding experience. 

What did you want to be when you grew up?
Too many things to count – a lawyer, a veterinarian, and a “scientist” were always at the top of my list. 

When did you know you wanted to be a geologist – how did your passion for your career start?
I have always loved science classes and being outside.  I was an avid camp counselor in the Georgia mountains and on the coastal islands.  In high school, I fell in love with Environmental Science and later Geology in college.  After finishing my undergraduate degree, I immediately went into consulting and have enjoyed all of the opportunities and variety this career has provided. 

What is a fun fact about you?
I lived in the Brazilian Amazon (Manaus, Brazil) for six months where I studied at the Federal University of the Amazon and worked with Petrobras scientists in villages along the Amazon River. I also love historical buildings and recently moved from an old house built in 1895 to a “new” house built in 1903 which will certainly keep me busy with house projects for many years! 

How has the mentoring program benefited you as mentor/protégé/or both?
The mentor/protégé program has been a great way to network within Trihydro, as well as act as a support network for setting goals and having someone keep you accountable.

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