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Women in STEAM – Kathryn McCoy PE, CFM


Garver | Central Region H&H Leader


Because my project portfolio ranges from bridges and roadways to hydrology and hydraulics, my workday often looks different day to day! Depending on which projects are at the forefront for that day, I usually meet with my team to discuss project status, next steps and how to keep things moving efficiently for our clients.


I have always loved science and math, and when I was a senior in high school, I was contacted by the University of Arkansas Biological Engineering Department, as they were trying to recruit more women. It sounded interesting, so I decided to try it out and quickly fell in love with the mechanics of engineering and the important role it plays in our society. My dad is also an engineer, so I already had an idea of the type of work out there and knew it might be the right fit for me.


I graduated with my Bachelors in Biological Engineering and decided to go to graduate school to become more experienced with environmental engineering and ended up enjoying the hydrology and hydraulics courses the most. I loved learning about how water plays such a vital role in our transportation infrastructure. I was offered a job at a water resources firm and started there as soon as I was done with graduate school. I’ve been doing it ever since!


Carve a place for yourself! You might have to go looking for them, but the opportunities are there. Look for an employer that will let you grow how you want to grow. I have been so blessed to be at Garver, where they have let me grow in my career and also be the mom and wife I want to be outside of work.

These wonder women are redefining what “full STEAM ahead” means in Arkansas. With exciting careers in science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics – each reflects WIT (Women in Tech) and true grit for making the most of every opportunity. Here’s to the powHER of knowledge.

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