From my favorite book, The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho, “No matter what he does, every person on earth plays a central role in the history of the world. And normally he doesn’t know it.” This quote really resonates with me because I believe it is critical to realize that each and every one of us has an important role to play in shaping the world around us. This truth is what drove me into my field of work as an environmental engineer so that I could do my part to make a positive and lasting difference for the environment—especially as we find ourselves amid a climate crisis that affects the human race, including future generations, on a global scale.
Who is Andrea Hlatky?
Andrea joined MFA in October 2021 as a staff engineer based in MFA’s Kellogg office. Having previously supported the Kellogg team’s environmental remediation efforts at the Bunker Hill Superfund site, she looks forward to bringing this experience to her continuing contribution to environmental cleanup efforts throughout the Coeur d’Alene Basin as well as to her support of other MFA projects.
Growing up in Reno, Nevada, she didn’t believe it possible to love an area more than the base of the Sierras until she discovered the mountain wilderness northern Idaho had to offer—not to mention nearby western Montana and the northern Cascades of Washington just a few hours away. As an avid hiker, backpacker, skier/snowboarder, and most anything else outdoors, she is passionate about sustainable living and environmental conservation. After deciding to make north Idaho her permanent home, she couldn’t have been more excited about the opportunity to join the MFA team and work in her chosen backyard.
Andrea’s work experience is primarily in civil hydraulic systems design and wastewater treatment, including wastewater process engineering; wastewater treatment plant commissioning and O&M management support; groundwater collection system design and commissioning; construction management and quality control; SWPPP and DMR data management and reporting; and groundwater, surface water, and sediment field sampling/monitoring efforts. She also has had the opportunity to work with both state and federal regulatory agencies in both the private and public sectors.
Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno
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