Molly Lebowitz’s Dream Job
Molly is part of a team that helps make sure industries follow environmental regulations. Molly’s team evaluates the damage caused by industrial contamination and determines whether humans have been exposed to the pollutants. Then they design solutions for treating the contaminated air, water, or soil.
Where she works
Molly works at Malcolm Pirnie, Inc., an environmental consulting firm, in their Seattle, Washington office.
B.S. in biological and environmental engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. She started college as a biology major, but then switched programs to combine engineering with natural sciences and research. "It took me a while to figure out what I wanted, but I found it in the end."
Favorite project in engineering school
Molly’s final project in college involved a pond on a golf course near campus. She and a group of other students figured out how to successfully treat the pond, which had been contaminated by fertilizer.
Both of Molly’s siblings also became engineers, even though "neither of my parents are engineers or math-oriented in any way."
Best part of engineering
"It’s such a versatile field. Engineering is about problem solving, and a good problem solver is useful to many people in a variety of fields, including scientists, architects, economists, and others."
"A bachelor’s degree in engineering has a lot of power in a highly competitive job market," says Molly. "It is one of the only majors you can graduate with and be virtually guaranteed a job right away. And environmental engineers are in demand everywhere in the world. I was able to choose exactly where I wanted to live—Seattle!"
Molly makes ceramics and functional art, like furniture. She likes skiing and field hockey, and discovering new music. And, she admits, "I’m embarrassingly addicted to Sudoku."