The Oregon Daily Journal of Commerce (DJC) selected Senior Water Resources Engineer Melanie Klym as one of its 2021 Women of Vision. This annual recognition highlights women who are shaping the built environment with quality work and creating opportunities for the next generation of women in the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry. Melanie was recognized not only for her professional accomplishments, but for her mentorship and community work.
As a critical part of GeoEngineers’ interdisciplinary water resource engineering team, Melanie works on waterway cleanups, floodplain reconnection, fish passage improvements and aquatic habitat enhancement projects. This work has been recognized by regulatory bodies like the Oregon State Board of Examiners for Engineering & Land Surveying, which invited Melanie to be a featured speaker at their annual 2021 OSBEELS Symposium later this month.
Melanie is also a leading voice in Portland’s professional natural resources practice community. She is involved in regional and state-wide water resources planning efforts, including Oregon’s 100-Year Water Vision. Melanie provides leadership and mentoring both inside and outside of GeoEngineers. Internally, she regularly plans learning opportunities for her colleagues, leads weekly planning/workload balancing meetings with project engineers and offers mentoring time for staff engineers to ask whatever questions might be on their mind. Melanie’s colleagues will also tell you about the many daily ways she shows her appreciation and cheers them on—from public recognition of their work to funny coffee mugs and happy hours.
Keeping our rivers and streams healthy is also one of Melanie’s passions, and she teaches others how to be better stewards of our local watersheds. She is the chair emeritus of the Johnson Creek Watershed Council’s Board of Directors, has been co-organizing their annual creek clean up event since 2008 and co-hosts their annual Melanie Klym Johnson Creek Watershed Geology Tour in cooperation with the Geological Society of the Oregon Country. She also leads volunteer groups to plant trees, remove invasive species and educate the public about the importance of healthy watersheds through field trips and teaching events.
Melanie and this year’s other Women of Vision will be honored at a virtual awards event on October 28th. Thank you, Melanie, for all you do for us and your community!