Daniella Colon

Alexandria, VA, US
Field of Work 
Civil Engineering
Job Title or "Student" 
Project Manager
Lafayette College
B.S. Civil Engineering
Education Level 
Profile Biography 
Currently, I work in construction as an inspector for a water treament plant being built in the Bronx, NY. I am the youngest inspector on staff, and one of just a few female engineers on the project.

For most of middle school and elementary school I was certain I wanted to be an architect, I enjoyed building and decorating doll houses. As i went into high school I was given the opportunity to join ACE Mentoring program. The program introduced students to various aspects of design, construction, and engineering.. Teams of students were challenged to design theoretical projects under the guidance of mentors who work in each industry. It was this experience that opened my eyes to the true roles of architects and engineers.

I began focusing on engineering because I felt a thorough understanding of the technical side of design would benefit me most. Studying engineering in college was often difficult, but resulted in the creation of my "engineering intuition" which I rely on frequently as an inspector on a construction site. I was definitely grateful to have gone to a small college because I was able to get the attention I needed to really build my confidence.

If you are interested in architecture, engineering and/or construction I would definitely recommend finding an ACE chapter in your area.Or engaging with people in the industry to decide what aspect you may be most interested in and which undergraduate programs may best suit your needs.
Working outdoors, Pets
Race & Ethnicity 
Hispanic or Latino
Level of Participation 
After-school visit, In-school visit, Online role model, Summer camp visit
My Experience 
I am a new Role Model.
Evenings, Weekends
Identifying other role models, Online Mentoring (email or Skype)

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