As an enthusiastic and curious emerging professional, Lindsey arrived at ISG and jumped headfirst into water/wastewater engineering—working on a variety of projects and asking a ton of questions—launching her into a career that combines her technical education with her passion for the outdoors.

What brought you to ISG?

As an engineering student at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, I knew other students who had interned at ISG and had great things to say about the culture. When I started looking for opportunities after college, I found a lot of companies hiring engineers, but the culture is what made ISG appear at the top of my list.

What is your favorite part about working at ISG?

The people are the best part! Everyone is always willing to help; I love the collaboration. It is also really great to have access to such a wide variety of disciplines. On a recent project, I ran into a challenge and was able to call our mechanical and permitting teams to quickly get the information I needed. This is extremely helpful and a great way to learn; I love bragging to my friends about working at ISG.

What has been the most interesting project you have worked on at ISG?

Being fresh out of college, everything I’ve been working on is still new and exciting for me. At a high level, figuring out individual project details and then seeing them come to fruition to complete the project has been especially interesting.

Why did you choose to work in water/wastewater?

Growing up in Madison, Wisconsin, water has always been super present in my life. I recharge from being outdoors when I am connected to the environment. I really believe it is important for us to conserve our resources, so we don’t lose this connection. Being able to make a career of managing water in a time where droughts and fires are so prevalent makes me feel like I’m able to make the right impact. Additionally, the positive influence proper water management and distribution can have on the health and livelihood of local communities cannot be understated; it’s great to be part of it!

What kind of project would you love to work on in the future?

I think it would be fascinating to be part of a water reuse project at some point in the future. I believe it is only a matter of time before the technologies and design considerations that are being used in the Western United States will be implemented in other parts of the country. I look forward to a time when I can participate in that discussion!

What is one thing about you that most people would find surprising?

Well, I was surprised to find that I had been written about in a medical journal. I had back surgery as a freshman in college that was recorded in 3D—video game style—for training purposes. While doing some unrelated research afterward, I stumbled across the article by accident. Obviously, I wasn’t named; I did, however, recognize a photograph in the article, me in my University of Minnesota shirt!

Where is your favorite vacation spot and why?

I am happy anywhere I can ski, hike, camp, or spend time outdoors. I just returned from a trip to Colorado where I enjoyed several day hikes. Last summer I was able to hike and camp in Montana and Oregon.

How do you recharge after work?

I love gathering with friends. My roommates and I dedicate at least one night each week to ‘Roommate Dinner’ where we make sure we are all home and eating together. Live music with a great atmosphere is another way I get refreshed. My neighbors have a garden show every Friday where three local musicians stop by and each play a set.

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