Meghan McDonald

Santa Fe, NM, US
Field of Work 
Mining Engineering
New Mexico Abandoned Mine Land Program
Job Title or "Student" 
Principal Engineer
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, University of New Mexico
Mining Engineering, Civil Engineering
Education Level 
Profile Biography 
Hi! My name is Meghan, and I'm a practicing mining engineer and civil engineer for the New Mexico Abandoned Mine Land Program. My work with the AML Program is very unique; we safeguard and remediate abandoned mines all over the State of New Mexico. My job gives me the opportunity to visit beautiful places around the state, be out in the field during construction, and work on challenging designs to keep people safe from the dangers of historic mining practices.

I grew up in a small mining town called Clifton in Arizona. Nearly everyone in my family worked in the nearby Morenci open-pit copper mine, including my grandfather, who was my role model when I was a kid. He had an amazing collection of rocks and minerals from the mine, and this sparked my interest in geology. My twin sister shared similar interests with me, and when it came time for us to head to college, we explored the geology program at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (New Mexico Tech). During our tour of Tech, we met the chair of the Mining Engineering Department, who explained that mining engineering would allow us to work with cool geology, but also do important design work as an engineer. We were hooked that day and graduated from Tech with degrees in mining engineering several years later.

I continued on to get my Master's degrees in both mining engineering and civil engineering, and worked for several years as a consultant before joining the AML Program. I am very proud to be an engineer, and one of my proudest accomplishments is becoming a professional engineer. My sister and I were raised by a single mom, so sometimes we struggled financially growing up. With hard work and education, I have had a successful professional career. I became a mom two years ago, and am currently expecting my second baby. I hope my kids will be proud to say their mom is an engineer when they grow up!
Working outdoors, Pets, Reading, Travel
Race & Ethnicity 
Hispanic or Latino
Level of Participation 
Field trip participation, In-school visit, Online role model
My Experience 
I am a new Role Model.
Online Mentoring (email or Skype)
Program Affiliation 
Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

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