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Celebrating Women In Construction Week! Meet Brenda Kolbow, TFMoran Survey Project Manager.

March 5 – 11 is National Women in Construction Week.  According to the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) website, “The focus of WIC Week is to highlight women as a visible component of the construction industry. It is also a time for local chapters to give back to their communities. WIC Week provides an occasion for NAWIC’s thousands of members across the country to raise awareness of the opportunities available for women in the construction industry and to emphasize the growing role of women in the industry.”

In celebration of WIC, TFMoran is highlighting our own Women In Construction, one TFMoran woman engineer or surveyor each day this week. TFMoran is proud to have these women in construction, along with other women professionals on our team.

Brenda Kolbow, PLS – TFMoran, Inc. Survey Project Manager

Brenda Kolbow, PLS is a Survey Project Manager working out of TFMoran’s Portsmouth division office.  She is a licensed Professional Land Surveyor in the states of Maine and North Carolina. Brenda is responsible for the management and coordination of survey projects with internal staff, clients, contractors, and regulatory officials from proposal through the completion of construction. Her field skills include boundary, topographic, ALTA, construction layout and as-built surveys, along with total station data collection and GPS static and kinetic observations.  Brenda’s has an Associate’s degree in Surveying Technology from Western Piedmont Community College in North Carolina.

Why did you go into land surveying?

I happen to like math and I wanted a serious career that provides people with a service that helps them accomplish their goals. You can really see the difference when you participate in a project from beginning to end.

What do you think women should know upon entering the land surveying field?

The number of women in the land surveying field is continuing to grow. The divide is getting less and less, the ultimate goal is to provide an accurate professional product and that is what everyone is working towards.

What are the challenges of your career?

The work/home life balance is difficult because it always seems there is more you could do on both ends.

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Celebrating Women In Construction Week! Meet Maureen Kelly, TFMoran Civil Project Engineer.

March 5 – 11 is National Women in Construction Week.  According to the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) website, “The focus of WIC Week is to highlight women as a visible component of the construction industry. It is also a time for local chapters to give back to their communities. WIC Week provides an occasion for NAWIC’s thousands of members across the country to raise awareness of the opportunities available for women in the construction industry and to emphasize the growing role of women in the industry.”

In celebration of WIC, TFMoran is highlighting our own Women In Construction, one TFMoran woman engineer or surveyor each day this week. TFMoran is proud to have these women in construction, along with other women professionals on our team.

Maureen Kelly – TFMoran, Inc. Civil Project Engineer

Maureen Kelly is a Civil Project Engineer at TFMoran, Inc. who started with the company in January 2017. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts Lowell with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering, along with a Masters degree in Structural Engineering. She was president of the Chi Epsilon Civil Engineering Honor Society Chapter. Maureen stays connected with her alma mater by partaking in student engineering excursions to the Haiti Development Studies Center. She has been to Haiti twice over the past year to help with developing a more sustainable system for waste in the Haitian communities. Her professional experiences include; watershed analysis, drainage assessment, storm water retention, and calculations for residential and commercial structures.

Why did you go into engineering?
The relationship between the built world and the natural world has always interested me. Civilization can coexist with nature if we make it a priority. As the name suggests, civil engineering is one profession where you can study and influence that relationship.

What are the challenges of your job?
Stakeholders on a project often have competing priorities. Through discussion and compromise the project takes a shape that’s suitable for everyone, but sometimes getting to that point is a challenge. 

What do you like about your job?
I love the variety of my work and the diversity of people involved in each project. I’m new to the field, but I know that after 20 years on the job there will still be more to learn. 

What skills does one need to enter the engineering field?
The ability to make mistakes, learn from them, and move on. That one skill gives you freedom to study anything. Objectivity and patience are also very important. Contrary to common belief, it’s not all about math!

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Celebrating Women In Construction Week! Meet Natasha Kulchitsky, TFMoran Structural Engineer.

March 5 – 11 is National Women in Construction Week.  According to the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) website, “The focus of WIC Week is to highlight women as a visible component of the construction industry. It is also a time for local chapters to give back to their communities. WIC Week provides an occasion for NAWIC’s thousands of members across the country to raise awareness of the opportunities available for women in the construction industry and to emphasize the growing role of women in the industry.”

In celebration of WIC, TFMoran is highlighting our own Women In Construction, one TFMoran woman engineer or surveyor each day this week. TFMoran is proud to have these women in construction, along with other women professionals on our team.

Natasha Kulchitsky – TFMoran, Inc. Structural Engineer

Natasha Kulchitsky, EIT is a Structural Engineer who began at TFMoran, Inc. in May of 2016. Natasha has a Masters Degree in Civil / Structural Engineering from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and a Masters Degree in Applied Mathematics from Lomonosov State University in Moscow, the highest ranked Russian school, graduating with honors.

Natasha’s structural design experience includes steel and timber commercial and industrial buildings, steel tanks and pressure vessels. Prior to joining the company, she designed steel frames and foundations for heavy equipment. Originally from Russia, Natasha was head of a University Math Department, where she taught a wide variety of math classes. She is now a US citizen and is fluent in both English and Russian.

Why did you go into engineering?

“I liked math at school and held a math degree from Russia. So I wanted to find a practical field where math skills can be applied.”

What do you like about your job?

“Although engineering is a world of solutions (not investigations), I like that experienced colleagues around me always look for elegant solutions. Engineering can be beautiful.”

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Celebrating Women In Construction Week! Meet Evelyn Picozzi, TFMoran Civil Project Engineer.

March 5 – 11 is National Women in Construction Week.  According to the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) website, “The focus of WIC Week is to highlight women as a visible component of the construction industry. It is also a time for local chapters to give back to their communities. WIC Week provides an occasion for NAWIC’s thousands of members across the country to raise awareness of the opportunities available for women in the construction industry and to emphasize the growing role of women in the industry.”

In celebration of WIC, TFMoran is highlighting our own Women In Construction, one TFMoran woman engineer or surveyor each day this week. TFMoran is proud to have these women in construction, along with other women professionals on our team.

Evelyn Picozzi – Civil Project Engineer at TFMoran, Inc.

Evelyn Picozzi is a Civil Project Engineer at TFMoran, working out of the Portsmouth division office. Evelyn joined the TFMoran team in August of 2017 and has been a wonderful contribution to the company since. She attended Northeastern University and Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology and has over 30 years of experience in drafting and designing, civil engineering, AutoCAD and piping engineering. Prior to joining TFMoran, Evelyn’s experience includes creating details of mechanical components for nuclear power plants, on-site field survey and numerous land development projects on the east and west coasts.

What do you like about your job?

 “I like the projects as they are interesting. I like the look of a finished set of drawings. I like the fact that I am constantly learning something new.”

 What skills does one need to go into the engineering field?

 “I would say one would need to work quietly, as this is a field of thought rather than talk. One would need to be detailed oriented and have a predisposition towards mathematics.”

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TFMoran is Celebrating National Women In Construction Week! Meet TFM’s Jen Porter, Civil Engineer.

March 5 – 11 is National Women in Construction Week.  According to the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) website, “The focus of WIC Week is to highlight women as a visible component of the construction industry. It is also a time for local chapters to give back to their communities. WIC Week provides an occasion for NAWIC’s thousands of members across the country to raise awareness of the opportunities available for women in the construction industry and to emphasize the growing role of women in the industry.”

In celebration of WIC, TFMoran is highlighting our own Women In Construction, one TFMoran woman engineer or surveyor each day this week, starting off with civil engineer, Jennifer Porter. Jen Porter is also representing TFMoran in the March issue of High-Profile, in their Women In Construction section. To view Jen’s High-Profile story click on this link Jen Porter – WIC – High-Profile March 2018 or read below:

Jen Porter – Civil Engineer at TFMoran, Inc.

One of TFMoran, Inc.’s women engineers is Jennifer Porter, PE. Jen serves as a project engineer in the civil and traffic engineering departments. She has been with TFMoran for nearly 20 years, after graduating from Bucknell University with a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering. Jen is a licensed Professional Engineer in New Hampshire, with extensive experience in site planning, grading and drainage design, sewer design, and permitting. She typically designs sites for commercial, industrial, residential and institutional projects. Though most of her engineering work takes place in the office, her job sometimes requires putting on a hard hat and safety vest for engineering inspections on the construction site.

Throughout her career, Jen has tackled obstacles with good management, open communications and being a dependable team player. “I was a competitive hurdler on the track team in high school and college, which is somewhat of an individual sport. Everyone works toward a common goal: the better my performance, the better my team does”, explains Jen. “I use the same teamwork approach in the work place. My career choice to remain as a project engineer is because I enjoy the role as a “worker-bee”, using my talent for the good of the team.”

By being one who makes up the 14% of women in the engineering profession, Jen provides a positive influence on her nine-year old daughter, Jocelyn. “I encourage her to go into any field that she wants to. She is outgoing, smart and creative, she can do whatever she sets her mind on.” As an engineer, role-model, wife, and mother of two, Jen always does her best.

TFMoran is honored to have Jen, along with other women professionals on their team.

 

In addition to Jen’s High-Profile story, TFMoran’s marketing assistant Kelsie Gagner asked her the following questions:

Why did you go into engineering?

 “My favorite subject in high school was mathematics, so engineering seemed like a likely career path. I was undecided between civil and mechanical, but opted into the civil program after a few months into my freshman year at Bucknell.”

 

What are the challenges of your job?

 “Every project is different, but you can use what you learn at one site to assist in developing and improving the next.”