Mary K. O'Hara
Class of: 2005
Degree: Civil Engineering - 2005. P.E., LEED AP.
Current Work: Civil Engineer, Coffman Engineers in Seattle, WA
Brief description of responsibilities: I work in design and construction management for both public and private entities such as towns, cities, and large corporations., but my responsibilities aren't limited just to that. I do traffic planning, some road design, general civil site work, lots of storm water work, fish passage in streams, stream modeling, airport design, and construction management.
Briefly describe one of your more interesting projects or assignments to date: I'd have to say working on the Snake River in Nome, Alaska. The Alaska DOT&PF was considering relocating the river and creating a new river mouth into the Bering Sea so they could expand the airport and it's safety areas. I was responsible for setting up a model with both freshwater and seawater and putting together new cross sections for the river relocation. Definitely an "outside the box" kind of a project.
Briefly describe a notable memory from your days at Carroll: There are so many memorable moments from the Carroll days and most of them involve something Raquel and I did. The best? Most likely the time we made it on TV during a football game and didn't even realize it.
A piece of advice for prospective Carroll engineering students: Work hard and ask for help if you need it. Reach out to local professionals who volunteer with the school, they can give you a great picture of what the industry is actually like.