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  • Overview of what I am going to talk about. Background = Who is USACE? What do they do? What did I do for them? The good = What I liked, The Bad = What I didn’t like. Discussion = I have some questions I want to ask, or whatever else comes out of the presentation. Interrupt at any time!
  • 2 main missions of the army corps. Build military bases, military related projects (Restoration in Iraq) GWOT=Global War on Terror. Mission 2 is to maintain navigable waterways.
  • I worked for Detroit, which is a huge district. Jurisdiction over the entire great lakes and channels, excluding most of lake erie and all of lake ontario.
  • I didn’t work in hydrology, so I am not that clear on what they did, but it was a lot of water level forecasting.
  • Bookkeeping = going though data and making notes, making it accessable.
  • Entire coast of Lake Michigan, from Michigan City Indiana, to Manistee. Other trip was to south Haven and a few miles north on the lake. Never been to the lake other than traverse city, didn’t know how beautiful it is!
  • House on lake south of St Joe
  • South of Ludington, Best view on the Lake!! 300 ft above water.
  • On same spot
  • Sunset over harbor
  • Ag- Had classes in agriculture, worked in Ag research at state. I found myself wanting to study it in my spare time, it was really weird. I wanted to talk to the people I was working for, the public. What did they think? Besides the trips (7 days total) , all I did was work on the computer 40 hours a week. I wanted to die of boredom at the end of it.
  • Tell story of why all work is on Lake Michigan. Senators forcing permits, etc.
  • House from earlier, this is the pool, ON THE LAKE. It is on a dune, which means that it will be covered in sand after a few years.
  • Seawall, to protect the lake from eroding the bluff. Whoops!!!
  • Chastised because I went to MSU. Every mistake I made was because I went to MSU. MSU lost, MSU sucks, I don’t get it because I went to MSU. Tell story about my bike activism (is that an activist website?) how they ripped on people at work who were involved in politics. Story about LBGT friends. Tell lunch stories (Eric’s story about why he hires girls, taking pictures of girls on the beach, checking them out, made me feel out of place) Ripped on if you acted feminine. CE lab partner – “girls shouldn’t be engineers”
  • My mom kept telling me that every place I work will be like this. Boys will be Boys. I need to get over it. Is she right? Am I never ever going to find a place to work where people respect me, and don’t treat me different because I am a girl? I really couldn’t stand it, there fore, I am never going to stand any job. This overwhelming sense of fear haunted me. We’ll see when I work for the USDA
  • Tell me what experiences you had!
  • 2.9.2005.Wednesday.Lunch

    1. 1. My 8 Months with USACE The Army through a Bailey Scholars eyes
    2. 2. Overview <ul><li>Background of USACE – Detroit District </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What did I do? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The Good </li></ul><ul><li>The Bad </li></ul><ul><li>Discussion </li></ul><ul><li>Feel free to ask questions!!! </li></ul>
    3. 3. USACE background <ul><li>USACE = U.S. Army Corps of Engineers </li></ul><ul><li>Original mission is to build and maintain military structures and projects around the world (ex. GWOT) </li></ul><ul><li>Presently, USACE mostly is designing civil works for all navigable waterways (dams, floodplain mapping, permitting on rivers, lakes, and ocean) </li></ul>
    4. 4. USACE Background <ul><li>My 8 months were with the Detroit District, whose jurisdiction is most of the U.S. Great Lakes Shoreline </li></ul><ul><li>Detroit district is responsible for: </li></ul><ul><li>* Permits (seawalls, etc but only on the Great Lakes, no inland lakes) </li></ul><ul><li>* Civil Engineering Design on the Great Lakes (harbor repair, dams, etc) </li></ul><ul><li>* Great Lakes Hydraulics and Hydrology </li></ul>
    5. 5. USACE Background <ul><li>My Co-op was in the Great Lakes Hydraulics and Hydrology Office – Hydraulics Branch </li></ul><ul><li>Hydrology – Mostly water level forecasting… </li></ul><ul><li>Hydraulics – Channel discharge monitoring, floodplain delineation, and coastal engineering are main duties </li></ul>
    6. 6. Job Description <ul><li>My job was to provide support to the coastal engineers in the office </li></ul><ul><li>Worked on creating near shore profiles of Lake Michigan lake bed, and on creating a field guide for Section 111 Harbor Monitoring procedures </li></ul><ul><li>Also did some floodplain delineation in Wayne County, and Channel Discharge “bookkeeping” </li></ul>
    7. 7. The Good <ul><li>Technical skills </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Learned Arcview, finally! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Learned how technology changed how the Corps does things </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Response in my application for other jobs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Immediate responses, now easier to apply for other engineering related positions </li></ul></ul>
    8. 8. The Good <ul><li>Traveling! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>During the summer I went on two trips to Lake Michigan, one harbor monitoring trip and one sand probing trip </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The West side of the state is beautiful! </li></ul></ul>
    9. 9. The Good: Pictures
    10. 10. The Good: Pictures
    11. 11. The Good: Pictures
    12. 12. The Good: Pictures
    13. 13. The Bad <ul><li>No biology at all, and no way to ever do it </li></ul><ul><ul><li>I picked my major because it combines biology with engineering, didn’t realize USACE doesn’t use this </li></ul></ul><ul><li>No Ag? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Surprised how much I missed studying agriculture </li></ul></ul><ul><li>No contact with public </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Wanted to work in outreach before I took this internship, I didn’t get to do it/don’t get to do it with USACE </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Too Technical </li></ul>
    14. 14. The Bad <ul><li>How the Government really works </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Who gets funding and why </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Jurisdiction (especially in Michigan) is so confusing!! Too many organizations doing too many things and not communicating </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Outsourcing and it’s place in the government </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Understanding why USACE has such a bad rap </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Appalled at lack of respect for the land (you can’t beat Mother Nature!!) </li></ul></ul>
    15. 15. The Bad: Pictures
    16. 16. The Bad: Pictures
    17. 17. The Bad <ul><li>Work Environment </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Constant chiding – because I went to MSU, because I was a “hippie”…It gets old after 8 months!!!!! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lack of diversity in workplace was surprising </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>More women than I thought, but no other minorities were present, and minorities were stereotyped outwardly </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Although there were women, one had to act “manly” to be accepted (being crude, etc.) </li></ul></ul></ul>
    18. 18. Why is this Bad? <ul><li>I didn’t realize that who I worked with would make such an impact as to whether or not I liked the job. </li></ul><ul><li>BE is such a new field, will I get stuck in a civil engineering type position no matter where I go? </li></ul><ul><li>Is every work environment going to be like this? Will every job consist of being on the computer 40 hours a week? Will I ever get to love what I do? </li></ul>
    19. 19. Discussion <ul><li>What was your first experience with the real world? Good or bad? Why? Was it based on your race, gender, etc? How did you deal with it? Are you satisfied with what you do now? </li></ul>