February 11, 2024 is International Day of Women and Girls in Science, a day dedicated to women who play a critical role in science and technology and empowering girls to pursue careers in STEM fields.
To celebrate, over the next week we will be highlighting incredible women who are making advancements in science, technology, engineering and math in the water industry - because one day to celebrate women in science just isn’t enough! These impactful water leaders have been nominated for this recognition based on their accomplishments and contributions to the water sector. Join us in celebrating women and girls in science!
Nicole Williams is Lead Process Engineer in Water Treatment for TWT Sustaining Partner, Carollo Engineers. When she's not at work, Nicole enjoys spending time outdoors, camping, and hiking. Learn more about Nicole and her incredible contributions in science below.
Nicole Williams, Carollo Engineers
What drew you to a career in water/science?
I always loved math and science, and had an opportunity to work as an intern collecting water quality samples in college. I had a blast that summer wading and canoeing to different monitoring sites along the river, and could not believe my luck that I was also getting paid. I continued to study and graduated with a degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering.
What is an accomplishment that you are proud of in your career thus far?
I had the opportunity to provide emergency support services to a utility that had a great need. While work in the public sector is always directly impacting others, it was particularly easy to see in that emergency environment how my efforts were directly contributing to others quality of life. It was extremely rewarding to partner with the utility and not only get their system up and running, but help them prepare for future risks.
What advice would you give to young women looking to start a career in water?
An internship is an excellent way to not only gain experience but learn about different opportunities in the water sector. Also, don’t be afraid to advocate for yourself and ask for opportunities.
How can schools/companies/organizations better support women in the science/water industry?
Provide opportunities to interact with professionals that can be honest about their experience in the water industry. This could also provide a better understanding of the opportunities available and allow students to explore a career that aligns with their strengths.
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