Alumna Profile: Genique Clinton, BSAE ’03
Current City: Atlanta, Ga.
What did you do in the year immediately after graduating?
After graduating, I worked for six months at a civil engineering design firm in my hometown of Tampa, Fla., and then, in August, I began my graduate studies in structural engineering.
What do you do for a living now? What does a typical work week look like for you?
I am currently a civil engineer and spend a major portion of my time performing project management. Currently, all my projects involve hurricane restoration. I work with other project stakeholders to ensure our projects are completed within the defined scope, on schedule, on budget, and – most importantly – safely. For example, I am currently working on a building that has asbestos and lead based paint, so we will be removing this material in a way that does not present harm to the building’s occupants. We plan to utilize a zero volatile organic compound (VOC) abatement product, negative air pressure, air scrubbers, and hydroxyl generators. I’m always researching new methods and technology to get the job done.
In what ways did your CoE experience have an impact on your career and who you are today?
I feel the College of Engineering gave me a very well-rounded college experience. In addition to grasping engineering principles, I learned how to be a student leader through my involvement in the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). I also embraced a global community of students and faculty. My ability to engage with people is the most powerful skill I gained; it yields me the most success in my career and gives me the most fulfillment.
Describe your most memorable moment as a student at the College of Engineering (CoE).
My most memorable moment at the College of Engineering occurred when Dr. Michael Phang [Dr. Phang taught classes in the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, and is now a professor emeritus.] was explaining static forces using a small foam beam. As he bent the foam to show our class which side of the beam was in compression and which was in tension, the intensity of his teaching and desire for us to understand really hit me. Dr. Phang was my favorite professor and I loved his passion in the classroom.
What motivated you to support the College of Engineering?
The College of Engineering will always be a part of my foundation as an engineer and as a person. The support and genuine care I received is something I realize not everyone experiences, whether it be in their home environments, their universities, or their workplaces. Part of the reason I bleed orange and green is due to the way the faculty and staff of the College of Engineering wove their time and talent into the fabric of who I am, and I want to give that back in any way I can to future generations of students. I feel that if you’ve received much, you should give much.
What advice would you give to younger alumni or current students who aspire to follow a similar career path?
It is important to have a diverse set of experiences. I encourage travel, study and work abroad opportunities, active involvement in industry seminars and professional organizations, and having at least one mentor to guide, advise, challenge and develop you.
How would you describe the College of Engineering in seven words or less?
Supportive environment for learning and creative advancement.