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Jill Smith

Senior, Civil Engineering, Transportation/Project Management Track

Lily SooklalActivities:

  • Study Abroad:
  • Member of the Women in Engineering Student Advisory Board
  • Gemstone Honors College Member: Team BREATHE (Biowalls Reducing Exposure to Atmospheric Toxins and Hazards in Environments)
  • Gemstone Honors College CONNECT Mentor
  • GEMS102 and GEMS202 Section Leader
  • Co-Founder and Secretary of WIELD (Women in Engineering Leadership and Development)
  • Member of the Chi Epsilon Civil Engineering Honor Society and American Society of Civil Engineers


Career Goals and Ambitions

I will be a transportation engineer at the Maryland State Highway Administration after graduation. There I will be designing highway improvement projects as well as acting as a project manager for highway projects. Through my career, I want to continue to learn more about my industry and how to improve the projects that I will be working on.


Summer 2015 & 2016

I worked for the Maryland State Highway Administration in the Highway Design and Design Technical Services Divisions. During these internships, I assisted in both design and project management aspects of large projects from the initiation of a project to the bidding of the construction phases of the project. One of the largest responsibilities I had during these internships was overseeing the creation of an online wiki format of the MD Construction Specifications Manual.

Summer 2017

I worked as a Federal Business Technology Analyst Summer Scholar at Deloitte Consulting in Arlington, VA. I evaluated the technical capabilities and business readiness of project management tools, including SharePoint, IBM BPM and ServiceNow, to inform decisions about future deployment scenarios for high priority clients. My comprehensive review included exhaustive technical analysis of features, competitive benchmarking, and interviews with stakeholders using the tools in secure, mission-critical contexts. In addition to my project work, I got the  opportunity to participate in a D2i case competition, designing a change management solution for a startup in Africa. I also had the opportunity to attend training workshops on programs such as SQL, IBM BPM and process robotics, in addition to fun networking events for interns.

Favorite Aspect of Being an Engineer in the Clark School:

I love all the opportunities that the Clark School have given me in my four years here. I have gotten to travel around the world, I’ve met great people, and I have learned so much. The experiences I have had a Clark School engineer will always be a big part of me and I think have shaped the rest of my life