Using mechanical engineering to provide innovative, sustainable solutions to improve the environment
Alexandra Der is a mechanical design engineer at Tetra Tech. She has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Boise State University, and she is currently working on completing her master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at Seattle University. We talked with Alexandra as part of our #TtInspires campaign celebrating the passion of Tetra Tech employees. Follow #TtInspires on social media for more stories.
Expanding electrical engineering expertise through challenging projects and team work
Priyanka Varshney is an electrical engineer-in-training working on nuclear energy at Tetra Tech and based in Pickering, Ontario. With her interest in clean energy, she enjoys exploring opportunities to bring advancements to the energy sector and spark conversations with industry experts about technological impacts on the sector. Priyanka has a bachelor’s degree from Aligarh Muslim University in electrical engineering and diploma certificate from University of London in general management. She joined Tetra Tech in 2016.
Using operations research and analytics to improve sustainable sewer management in Kentucky
Tetra Tech won the prestigious Franz Edelman Award, which recognizes the ways that operation research and analytics are improving how people live and work around the globe. This accolade, which was announced at the INFORMS gala on April 15, 2019, recognizes Tetra Tech’s partnership with the Louisville Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) in Kentucky to implement real-time control (RTC) software to manage the city’s sewer network.
Improving water quality through stormwater diversion and treatment
As part of the Los Cerritos Watershed Management Plan, the City of Lakewood, California, selected Tetra Tech to provide preliminary engineering, design services, and construction support services for the stormwater and runoff capture project in Bolivar Park.
Bolivar Park currently uses potable water for all irrigation needs. The City is implementing a smart regional stormwater best management practice that results in water quality improvements in the Los Cerritos channel, enables stormwater infiltration, and provides an alternate water supply for the park’s irrigation needs.
Leading with Science® to create a more resilient and sustainable world
Tetra Tech released its 2018 Sustainability Report Card on Earth Day, April 22, 2019. Our report card shares how we are Leading with Science® to achieve a more sustainable and resilient world. Featuring an introduction from Tetra Tech CEO Dan Batrack, the report card covers the company’s sustainable practices and highlights how Tetra Tech incorporates the latest innovations and technologies throughout its projects and operations.
Taking small, concrete actions to achieve big sustainability improvements
Tetra Tech was among the top winners honored at the Sustainable Pittsburgh Challenge (SPC) Finale and Awards Ceremony on March 21, 2019. The purpose of SPC is to increase sustainability practices by Pittsburgh businesses across seven major categories: social equity, energy, water, materials management, transportation, air quality, and engagement. More than 100 employers in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, region participated in the challenge and were evaluated on 2,209 sustainability actions over a 13-month period that began in January 2018.
Supporting the renewable energy market by advancing offshore wind energy in the United States
Climate Change Business Journal (CCBJ) and Environmental Business Journal (EBJ) recognized Tetra Tech with two business achievement awards at the Environmental Industry Summit XVII in San Diego, California, on March 20, 2019. Tetra Tech won the CCBJ Business Achievement Award for Consulting & Engineering Practice in the Offshore Wind category and the EBJ Business Achievement Silver Award for Large Firms.
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Creating a more sustainable world by improving the energy efficiency of buildings
Kevin Smith is an associate energy analyst with Glumac, A Tetra Tech Company, which provides full-service building design and commissioning. His role includes project management, energy analysis, and energy code compliance modeling. Kevin has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a double minor in Biology and Green Engineering from Virginia Tech.
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Ghana's Volta region has the lowest quality education in the country, and lack of facilities means 87% of girls in primary school do not continue to secondary school.
Tetra Tech partnered with Voices of African Mothers and Cornell University Sustainable Design’s Sustainable Education Ghana to give girls a safe and sustainable place to receive an education. Watch the video above to learn more about this project and partnership.
The first classroom unit is slated to open in 2019.