Internship Profile: Alec Rodriguez, BSEnE ’18 (CH2M)

Name: Alec Rodriguez
Class: 2018
Hometown: Miami
Concentrations: Environmental Engineering
Internship location: CH2M, Coral Gables, Florida

How did you find this internship?
This was my second summer working at CH2M; I also interned with them during summer 2016. I learned about the internship through a recruiter at WEFTEC, a wastewater conference.

Describe your internship.
I assisted professional engineers with the development of a conceptual design report for a wastewater treatment plant. I analyzed hydraulic models, researched permitting, and wrote sections on the existing conditions at the plant. Additionally, I worked with engineers to develop a preliminary engineering report for the Norwood Water Treatment Plant, in which I analyzed different types of nano filtration and reverse osmosis membranes to determine the optimal membrane type for expansion of the treatment plant. Lastly, I worked with project controls as a technical editor for the Ocean Outfall Legislation Program monthly progress report, which is submitted monthly to the Miami Dade Water and Sewer Department.

What did you learn at CoE that has helped you at your summer internship?
For this summer, I was able to apply what I learned at my water quality control systems class to the projects I was working on. When visiting treatment plants, I was finally able to see how what I learned in class applies to the real world.

What’s the most valuable lesson you’ve learned at this program?
Always be willing to take on any project, regardless of whether it fits within your skill set, because you will learn something. At the same time, it’s important to not take on too much work and then overburden yourself.

Why has this been a good experience for you?
It reinforced my desire to be an engineer and helped me realize that I can be a competent engineer. It was a fantastic learning experience and enabled me to significantly expand my network.

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