Baltimore Girls Discover Careers in Maritime Engineering

Baltimore Pic1WTS Baltimore Chapter mentor Pam Destino recently spoke to girls at Patterson High School in Baltimore City about marine engineering. Pam is a Senior Project Engineer at WRA, an engineering company focused on delivering high quality, cost effective, innovative and sustainable infrastructure, and building projects that improve society’s quality of life. She spoke about WRA’s involvement in marine infrastructure design for clients like the Navy and the private shipbuilding industry, as well as some of the smaller port projects WRA has worked on for the Maryland Port Administration (MPA).

The girls learned that the maritime industry is made up of all businesses which relate to the transportation of goods and people over major waterways, including cargo shippers, cruise lines, ferries, shipbuilders, military operations and more. The session also involved a hands-on activity where the girls made “bulkheads” out of clay, pebbles, sand, wooden rods, and nails. At the end of the event, the participants not only learned about various careers related to maritime engineering but also walked away with the confidence that they can pursue them.

The WTS Baltimore Chapter of Transportation YOU partnered with Patterson High School five years ago, and since then has been introducing female students there to the various modes of transportation in the state and what they have to offer in careers in the transportation industry. Each year, a different aspect of the industry has been highlighted, including the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA), Maryland Aviation Administration (MAA), and the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA). This year, WTS Baltimore’s Transportation YOU program is focused on ports and the MPA, and is currently planning a field trip to the Port of Baltimore.

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