Kudos for KallieCongratulations are in order to Kallie Hedberg on account of winning a place at MIT to study civil engineering (Getting Personal, Jan. 11). Her enthusiasm is to be applauded, and I would urge her to forget that some people might suggest studying and working in the field of engineering to be boring.

Quite the opposite is true, as I know from my own experience. I graduated in 1992 with a degree in civil engineering and spent the next eight years in the industry, working on a variety of interesting and prestigious projects, involving both the design and construction of ports. These projects took me to locations in Europe, the Middle East and Central America. Never a dull moment, and while working in Panama, I met my husband-to-be, who was stationed there with the USAF.

More recently, I have returned to academic study, and am nearing completion of a Ph.D. looking at making buildings more environmentally and socially friendly, a subject, I am delighted to read, which also interests Kallie.

I wish her all the best in her future studies and career. The civil engineering profession needs many more talented and enthusiastic women such as Kallie.

Helen BartlettRAF Fairford

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