Katie Handley, PE – Environmental Group
What’s the most rewarding thing about what you do?
Every project is different. It’s interesting how every project site has its own unique set of assets and challenge. It’s rewarding to work to find a solution that fits each site. Methods and solutions are ever changing and evolving. I look forward to furthering my knowledge throughout my career and working to enhance our infrastructure while striving to conserve our natural resources.
Why did you choose this profession?
My family and teachers always encouraged my aptitude for science and math, supporting me from the easiest class to the hardest test I’ve taken yet. As I went through college, I got more and more interested in the environment and the natural processes occurring therein, such as fluvial geomorphology, and processes that could be enhanced using nature, such as phytoremediation. Becoming an Environmental Engineer has allowed me to further my knowledge in each and continues to amaze me!
People don’t know?
I traveled to several places in Mexico as part of a Spanish Club trip. I ended up seeing the murals by Diego Rivera in the National Palace, stayed in Castillo Santa Cecilia, climbed the Pyramid of the Sun and the Pyramid of the Moon, and literally got lost with a few other students in Mexico City.
I love spending time with my family and chasing around my nephews and niece. I enjoy watching movies and reading books (Agatha Christie novels and To Kill A Mockingbird are my some of my favorites). I love going to K-State football games, playing softball, working on my Nintendo skills, knitting, and helping my family work cattle.
What is top on your bucket list?
I would love to visit all 50 states, travel around the country, and see as many national parks that I can. Top on my list is going back to Glacier National Park to drive on the Going-to-the-Sun Road (a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark), heading to Muir Woods and seeing the tide pools in northern California, and going to Arizona and Nevada to see the Grand Canyon and the Hoover Dam.
You in a nutshell?
I am a hardworking, driven, organized, goal oriented problem solver and a proud Kansas State University alumna.
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