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Chelsea Verzwyvelt

Chelsea Verzwyvelt

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Chelsea's work combines: Engineering, Numbers, and Problem Solving

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Day In The Life

Project Engineer

I help in the oversight of heavy civil roadway projects.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Civil Engineering, General

    Unversity of California-Irvine

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be a Civil Engineers:

High School

Bachelor's Degree: Civil Engineering, General

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Life & Career Milestones

My path in life took a while to figure out

  • 1.

    Was good at math in school, but didn't know how to apply that to college major.

  • 2.

    Knew I wanted to work in the field somewhere.

  • 3.

    Decided on a major of Civil Engineering and applied to well known engineering schools.

  • 4.

    Looked for intern opportunities while in college to see different areas of engineering.

  • 5.

    Graduated and went to work for a very large engineering firm offering lots of travel oppertunities.

  • 6.

    Lived in 3 different states in one year and hated it.

  • 7.

    Looked for a smaller company that was more localized, was much happier.

  • 8.

    Economy down turn lead to a move to the consultant side of project management.

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Society in general:

    You should hurry up and get your Professional Engineer's stamp so you can get a good stable job at a design firm, because that is the only way you are going to have a chance in the engineering world.

  • How I responded:

    I thought they might be right, there aren't many women working on construction sites. So I tried out the design world, and interned for 2 years while in college. It was okay, but it got repetitive quickly, and I never felt like I would be challenged. Spoke with some people I knew working for general contractors, and worked my way up in a very male dominated world. I now work for a woman owned construction consulting firm. There are still very few women, but it is very possible to succeed.

Experiences and challenges that shaped me

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  • It was very important to my dad that his children go to college. I was the first to graduate from college, and set the example for my sisters. It was a struggle to finish because I was tired of school, but the pressure helped get me through.