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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 for Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson in the Traffic Section. In thisinternship I created traffic signage and striping plans for several dozen horizontalcurves in the state of Delaware. This involved field work, design work, and several forms of review. I also assisted with studies to determine if there was a need for the installation of a traffic signal at an intersection using industry standards and software.

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