Bringing over a decade of water distribution design experience, Cole develops right-sized solutions to meet the specific needs of each system and community. Read on to learn more about Cole and the people-first attitude he brings to water projects at ISG.

Where are you from?

I grew up in Sidney, Montana and throughout my life have also lived in North Dakota, Wyoming, Oregon, Washington, New York, and Iowa.

What has been your journey in water/wastewater engineering?

As a kid I was interested in public service, engineering, and construction, and I carried those interests into adulthood. I graduated from the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York with a degree in Civil Engineering. From there, I obtained a master’s degree in Water Resources at the University of Iowa. After school, I continued to pursue water management and worked for Bartlett & West Engineers to provide rural North and South Dakota residents with drinking water. My project manager there, Lyle, showed me how the water management process works in action, and how it impacts people everywhere as an essential service. In September 2021, I took the next step in my journey, and began working on water management projects at ISG as a Water/Wastewater Engineer.

What brought you to ISG?

The chance to make an impact. Water is essential to all life, and I enjoy playing a role in ensuring people have access to clean, healthy drinking water. ISG’s culture being young, hungry, and growing was appealing as well. I appreciate the size of projects and how people really care about what they do here.

What is the best work-related advice you have been given?

Ask people and clients what they need in an actual, personal conversation. Also don’t be a smarty pants.

Fun Facts About You?

I have a wife, Jenny, a son, Elliott, and two dogs, Lucy and Ricky. I am Air Assault (army training program) qualified, if you ever need to slide out of a helicopter on a rope. My karaoke go to is “Amarillo by Morning” by George Strait.

What is something about working in water/wastewater engineering that would surprise others?

Most people only see what is coming out of their taps and would be surprised to see what their drinking water looks like from beginning to end in the water treatment process. Taking the raw product, which often is murky and dirty coming from wells and other water resources, and making clear, quality drinking water out of it. I think it would be great to increase opportunities to show people that transformation.

How do you leverage your Learner and Analytical Strengths at ISG?

I am always digging to figure out why things work the way they do. It’s fun for me!

How do you spend your free time?

Lately, I spend my free time chasing my 3-year-old. When the weather is nice in the summer, I like to go bike riding and I enjoy traveling.

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