Inspiring future leaders in the Buckeye state

By Jamie Decker, PE

CH2M HILL Civil Engineer and Project Manager for Water Business Group – Asset Management

CH2M HILL provided 12 volunteers to the Ohio Regional Future City competition this year. Volunteers included members of the our water, environmental and operations management groups who helped with tasks such as the preliminary, special award and final round judging as well as timekeeping and general coordination of the Ohio event. Three people from the Columbus office also had the privilege of mentoring two schools in Ohio: Columbus Buckeye Middle School and Westerville Walnut Springs Middle School (I was lucky to help mentor both schools). Employees in our Cincinnati office were also able to help Batavia Middle School by answering some engineering questions and setting up a tour of a Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati wastewater treatment plant.

Future City has provided a great opportunity for me to contribute to my community and make an impact for the next generation of engineers. Being a mentor, it was incredible to see the light bulb go on for many students as they learned and better understood different engineering principles such as structural design, stormwater management, water treatment and sustainability. I was truly amazed at the creativity and depth of knowledge of the middle school students at the regional competition!

Volunteers also appreciated the opportunity to participate and had a great time. Kenna Coltman, PE and an environmental compliance specialist with the CH2M HILL FSG GE Program in Ohio shared, “I truly enjoyed judging the special award. The kids were amazing and the work and imagination that went into some of the models was staggering. Next year I’m hoping to encourage a local team to allow me the privilege of becoming involved as an engineer mentor. I think it is a truly great program for promoting engineering as a career.”

Personally I had a great time and I am looking forward to helping out next year!


2 thoughts on “Inspiring future leaders in the Buckeye state

    • John Finkell
      Mike Bossert
      Ed Porter
      Kevin Baird, P.E.
      Kenna Coltman, P.E.
      JoAnn Hopkins
      Brian Whitaker, P.E.
      Sharon Jean-Baptiste, P.E.
      Jamie Decker, P.E.
      Scott Roser, P.E.
      Osaguona Ogbebor, PG
      Dawit Tecle

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