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New England District engineer sits on career panel during MassBay STEM event

USACE, New England District
Published Sept. 30, 2016
Michelle O'Donoghue talks with MassBay Community College students during a career panel in Wellesley, Massachusetts on Aug. 23.

Michelle O'Donoghue talks with MassBay Community College students during a career panel in Wellesley, Massachusetts on Aug. 23.

New England District Project Engineer Michelle O’Donoghue, Construction Division, traveled to Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts to sit on a career panel at MassBay Community College, Aug. 23.  O’Donoghue joined representatives from Sanofi-Genzyme and Mathcounts on the three person panel.

The career panel was part of the MassBay Community College STEM Starter Academy Summer Program.  “The Starter Academy Program is designed for incoming first-year students,” said Mark Anderson, New England District’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) coordinator.  “It includes a two-week intensive math review program, STEM activities, an introduction to college success skills, along with workshops on effective communication and stress management.”

During the one hour panel, O’Donoghue described her role at the District and her education path.  According to Anderson, O’Donoghue also answered questions from the panel facilitator and from attending students.  “There were many well thought out questions and strong general interest in the panel discussion,” said Anderson.  “There was a very positive response from the students.”

This is the second year that New England District team members participated in the MassBay Summer Bridge Program.  “The event is an extension of and was developed through our partnership agreement with MassBay,” said Anderson.

According to Anderson, the program has been highly successful in preparing students for success as they enter the college environment and has improved student retention in the STEM academic programs. 

New England District’s involvement with the program allows engineers to talk about their chosen career path and possibly inspire students to enter the engineering field.  “Ms. O’Donaghue’s involvement in the career panel helped approximately 30 students identify potential academic and career paths, gain an understanding that not all paths to STEM are linear, along with insight into what civil engineers with the Corps of Engineers do on a regular basis.”

O’Donaghue, who has been with the Corps of Engineers for seven years, has been a member of the New England District team since January 2015.  Current projects she is involved with include Muddy River Phase 1, the Hanscom Dormitory Design-Build, and the Building 2200 and 2201 roof replacement at Westover.

MassBay Community College was chartered by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in February 1961, according to their website.  It offers associate degrees and certificate programs.  The college has campuses in Wellesley Hills, Framingham and a Technology Center in Ashland.

New England District Project Engineer Michelle O’Donoghue, Construction Division, traveled to Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts to sit on a career panel at MassBay Community College, Aug. 23.  O’Donoghue joined representatives from Sanofi-Genzyme and Mathcounts on the three person panel.

The career panel was part of the MassBay Community College STEM Starter Academy Summer Program.  “The Starter Academy Program is designed for incoming first-year students,” said Mark Anderson, New England District’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) coordinator.  “It includes a two-week intensive math review program, STEM activities, an introduction to college success skills, along with workshops on effective communication and stress management.”

During the one hour panel, O’Donoghue described her role at the District and her education path.  According to Anderson, O’Donoghue also answered questions from the panel facilitator and from attending students.  “There were many well thought out questions and strong general interest in the panel discussion,” said Anderson.  “There was a very positive response from the students.”

This is the second year that New England District team members participated in the MassBay Summer Bridge Program.  “The event is an extension of and was developed through our partnership agreement with MassBay,” said Anderson.

According to Anderson, the program has been highly successful in preparing students for success as they enter the college environment and has improved student retention in the STEM academic programs. 

New England District’s involvement with the program allows engineers to talk about their chosen career path and possibly inspire students to enter the engineering field.  “Ms. O’Donaghue’s involvement in the career panel helped approximately 30 students identify potential academic and career paths, gain an understanding that not all paths to STEM are linear, along with insight into what civil engineers with the Corps of Engineers do on a regular basis.”

O’Donaghue, who has been with the Corps of Engineers for seven years, has been a member of the New England District team since January 2015.  Current projects she is involved with include Muddy River Phase 1, the Hanscom Dormitory Design-Build, and the Building 2200 and 2201 roof replacement at Westover.

MassBay Community College was chartered by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in February 1961, according to their website.  It offers associate degrees and certificate programs.  The college has campuses in Wellesley Hills, Framingham and a Technology Center in Ashland.


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