Tressie Word
My professional goal is to improve global and local environmental conditions in creative, appropriate and elegant ways. Water, space and beauty drive me. Eight years of engineering, four years of construction and fabrication, and a lifetime of artistic endeavors propel me to catalyze broad scale changes in global health and sanitation, with style.
My engineering experience is focused in natural wastewater treatment, hydrology, stream restoration, civil engineering, and appropriate hazardous waste management. My applied skills lie in sculpture, interior design, residential home construction, equipment fabrication and auto body repair. My work in effecting broader change has manifested in local and international events on natural wastewater treatment, watershed management, alternative energy and excellence in building design.
 Project Engineer at Winzler & Kelly Consulting Engineers
(Privately Held; 201-500 employees; Civil Engineering industry)
October 2006 – Present (4+ years)
Manageing environmental and civil engineering projects; designing natural wastewater treatment systems, sewer and water distribution system upgrades; conducting research; permitting; acquiring infrastructure funding for public agencies; writing technical reports; inspecting infrastructure projects.
 Parras Program Design Project Coordinator at Humboldt State University
(Educational Institution; 501-1000 employees; Higher Education industry)
May 2004 – August 2006 (2 years 4 months)
Designing and coordinating implementation of a pilot wastewater treatment marsh; directing construction of appropriate technology projects; coordinating relevant student outings within the community; completeing program bookkeeping
 Associate Engineer and Hydrologist at Graham Matthews & Associates
(Privately Held; 1-10 employees; Environmental Services industry)
October 2002 – July 2004 (1 year 10 months)
Assisting in the design of stream restoration projects; collecting and analyzing hydrologic data including water quality, sediment transport, and discharge measurements; surveying; fabricating, installing, operating, and maintaining stream monitoring systems; composing reports.
 Engineering Student Assistant at California Department of Transportation
(Government Agency; 10,001 or more employees; Transportation/Trucking/Railroad industry)
May 2001 – September 2002 (1 year 5 months)
Inspecting asphalt paving, electrical work, drainage, and structural steel construction; preparing construction documentation including estimates, quantity calculations, as-built plans, and contract change orders.
 Energy Research Undergraduate Laboratory Fellowship at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
(Government Agency; 1001-5000 employees; Research industry)
May 1999 – August 1999 ( 4 months)
Researching and identifying current and possible site specific environmental hazards; preparing official pollution prevention documents; revising and implementing aspects of a chemical recycling program.
 Construction Worker at Tim Milton Construction
(Public Company; 1-10 employees; Construction industry)
February 1996 – August 1998 (2 years 7 months)
Surveying residential lots, operating heavy equipment such as front end loaders, backhoes, and rollers; framing, plumbing, wiring, roofing, laying foundations and concrete slabs; landscaping using tools such as Bobcats and Ditch Witch trenchers.
 Humboldt State University
MS, International Development Technology, 2004 – 2006
My Master's Work provided the basis for an ongoing outreach program on watershed management in the Oaxaca Valley.
Activities and Societies: Engineers Without Borders, Society of Women Engineers, American Society of Civil Engineers
 Humboldt State University
BS, Environmental Resources Engineering, 1998 – 2002
Senior Design Project on Recommended Storm Water Management was utilized to resolve issues regarding contaminant issues within the Colorado Lagoon in Long Beach, CA.
Activities and Societies: Environmental Resources Engineering Student Association, Society of Women Engineers, American Society of Civil Engineers