Hi, I just joined SWANA. I saw that there was no Michigan chapter, but decided to try out the organization and see what it offers.
I started out with landfills while I was still in college where I performed CQA at landfills (on co-op) while I was majoring in Environmental Engineering at Michigan Technological University. I spend an adventurous 11 months at one landfill in particular which made me feel like landfills were my second home. After I graduated, I went to an environmental consulting firm that specialized in services for municipal solid waste landfills. I spent time doing more field work (CQA, sampling, troxler, etc) and some autocad. For my next job, I spent 3 years at a hazardous waste landfill as a project engineer- getting involved in everything from landfill temporary caps, leachate forcemain/extraction wells, stormwater conveyance systems, asphalt, and building facilities projects. It is surprising how much one can learn when involved in the operations team at a landfill. Now I am back at a consulting firm, learning abut the other side of landfill engineering- slope stability and other geotechnical considerations of landfill design.I have already learned some new things by looking through the forums in the Landfill Management technical division. I hope to be more involved in the forums and webinars and take advantage of networking opportunities.