NIB Q&A: Kathleen Luvisi, Senior Engineer, Alternative Resources Inc.

Kathleen LuvisiKathleen Luvisi, Senior Engineer, Alternative Resources Inc. will be participating in the “Challenges With Measuring Data” panel at the 2015 Net Impact Boston Career Summit on February 27.

Kathleen has 30 years of experience in a variety of civil engineering and environmental engineering projects involving water, wastewater, hazardous waste, and solid waste. Sign up today for the opportunity to join the panel discussion with Kathleen and learn from her experiences.

What inspired you to pursue a career with positive social or environmental impact?
I was in high school during the 1970’s and was influenced by the environmental movement. I majored in civil engineering in college and chose water treatment as a concentration. I was drawn to the idea of cleaning up pollution, and restoring ecosystems to regain their health.

What’s the most interesting/most challenging aspect of your job?
One part of my job involves gathering information and assessing innovative technologies to convert solid waste into renewable energy. There are so many innovative ideas out there; it is really interesting to research these innovative technologies. The challenging part of the job is to assess the technologies in a fair manner, when some of them are more developed than others. Another part of my job that I really enjoy is seeing projects take shape, from the design phase to the completion of construction. It’s very gratifying to work on a project and see it to completion.

What advice would you give to those looking for a career with a positive social or environmental impact?
I would recommend researching careers in for profit companies, not just non-profits.  There are a lot of careers today in sustainable energy.

The theme for the Career Summit 2015 is ‘Impact Across Industries’ – do you think it is important for different industries and sectors to come together to tackle social and environmental issues and why?
Yes, it is important.  In my company, we work with municipal governments to help them identify and work with private industry in order to promote sustainable energy and construct sustainable energy projects.

Sign up today for the Career Summit on February 27 and prepare to be inspired!

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