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Susan McGrattan

Environmental Engineer

Hailing from Maryland and now residing in Detroit since 2020, Susan McGrattan is a remarkable STEMinista Role Model with a strong background in environmental engineering. She completed both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Environmental Water Resource Systems at the prestigious Cornell University in 2017. During her time at Cornell, Susan actively participated in the Engineers Without Borders chapter, where she spent a summer in rural Bolivia, constructing a pedestrian bridge in collaboration with a local community.

Susan’s passion for international development led her to serve as a Peace Corps health volunteer in Ghana from 2018 to 2020. During her time in Ghana, she facilitated the construction of a small-scale drinking water treatment system and promoted education in various areas, including sanitation, nutrition, and literacy.

In 2020, Susan returned to the U.S. and moved to Detroit to take up an assistant engineering position with Hazen and Sawyer, a renowned engineering consulting firm specializing in water and wastewater systems. Her work involves the analysis and design of water treatment plants, pumping stations, and distribution systems, ensuring that both drinking water and wastewater meet capacity requirements and quality standards. Susan’s projects consistently emphasize sustainability, striking a delicate balance between meeting human needs and preserving the natural environment.

Overall, Susan McGrattan is an impressive STEMinista Role Model whose dedication to environmental engineering and international development has made a significant impact on communities both locally and globally.

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In her spare time, Susan enjoys biking with groups around the city and playing flute in a community band. She continues her work with Engineers Without Borders through the Detroit Professional Chapter and also volunteers as a tutor at the Downtown Boxing Gym and a tour guide for the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy.
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