The Norfolk District brought out their best when they were invited to a career conference last Friday.
The team, Lt. Col. Robert Haupt, Kristen Donofrio, Capt. Antonio Pazos, Nicole Woodward and Josh Williams, led one of 48 sessions at Corporate Landing Middle Schoolâ€™s Second Annual STEM Career Conference, Sept. 28, where more than 800 sixth- and seventh-grade students experienced STEM projects, concepts, activities and information.
Woodward, a biologist with the Norfolk District, shared with the students her love of nature and how as a little kid she played outside all the time, hiking in the woods, taking water samples out of ditches with bugs crawling all around. â€śSo when I went to college, I knew I wanted to be in the science field,â€ť Woodward said.
She started out in biology, but actually wanted to be a doctor.
â€śOnce I started taking classes and had a couple of internships, I started to see what I liked a little more and eventually ended up working for the Army Corps of Engineers,â€ť Woodward said.
Woodward works in the districtâ€™s regulatory branch and explained to the students how she and her colleagues regulate impacts to waters and wetlands throughout the country.
â€śSo whenever someone wants to build within a wetland, they have to first come through us for a permit,â€ť Woodward said.
She showed the students examples of various projects requiring regulatory permits: shoreline protection, piers, dredging operations, and explained how these projects impact water quality, and why the Corps regulates them.
Press Release, October 10, 2012