Maureen Sakakeeny participated in Esperanza Academy’s Annual Career Shadow Day this past spring by attending as a speaker at the school in Lawrence, and by hosting an 8th grader at SAK Environmental’s office for a day. Many participants at this year’s Career Day worked in Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) careers. The Shadow Day event is organized and supported in part by the North Shore Women for H.O.P.E.
At Esperanza, Maureen shared her experiences in civil and environmental engineering with 5th graders at the all girls private middle school in Lawrence, and shared the type of projects SAK Environmental undertakes.
“It was a pleasure to get to know what environmental engineers do,” wrote one student at the event, “I’ve always wanted to be an engineer, but didn’t know what type. Now I’ve got one more future job to look at.”
During a shadow day at SAK Environmental, an 8th grade student spent a day in the office and observed SAK’s low flow sampling method training session on-site, led by SAK’s Senior Field Technician, Ken Marks.
“I was influenced to consider engineering as a career myself by a young woman engineer who came to speak in my math class in high school,” says Maureen, SAK principal, “I consider it an obligation to do the same for someone else.”
Maureen also serves on the Society of American Military Engineer’s (SAME) Outreach and Education Committee, and has participated in a number of STEM outreach activities.