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Samantha Keeven

What do you do?

I study and design water resources projects – ranging from backyard drainage issues to flood control systems.

What gets you excited about coming to work every day?

I love the challenge of figuring out how to best convey a message. Examples in my day-to-day include: creating a map that clearly shows the proposed improvements or writing a report that perfectly argues the case we are trying to make, talking with a resident at a public meeting and describing what is going to happen at their property, or reducing data down to what is most important and displaying it on a graph. Being able to accurately convey the message to someone who I am trying to either persuade or educate is so exciting to me.

What do you wish people knew about HR Green? 

I wish people knew the sense of community you get while working at HR Green. No matter the office location or business line, I always have felt comfortable picking up the phone and talking with others at HR Green.

How has HR Green changed since you began working here? 

Since I started 5 years ago, HR Green has worked to put the employees first. I love that the company solicits our ideas for how to improve the company through the Innovation Lab. I also have noticed that the company has made an obvious effort to be more diverse and inclusive. A good example of that is the HeR Green group, which connects women in the company and provides an opportunity for discussion and self-improvement.

Why is Building Communities Improving Lives important? 

To me, Building Communities Improving Lives means that we are helping to enhance the communities where we live and work — one project at a time. Our work helps to create and maintain civilized communities. Things would break down without the work that we do – places flood, sewage backs up, and car accidents happen when the public infrastructure isn’t built and maintained at a high standard.

What qualities do you think a future HR Green engineer should have?

An HR Green engineer must like working on a diverse and dynamic team. An HR Green engineer should also take pride in their work and always strive to be better.

If you were a fortune reader, what would you predict as the future of your industry? 

I expect water resources to become a big issue in the future. With climate change will come bigger extremes in stormwater… we are already seeing more intense events in St. Louis. More or longer droughts will occur in parts of the country as well. We will have to be creative to combat the effects of climate change.

What advice do you have for someone who wants to follow in your footsteps? 

Always be curious – which to me means a lot of things including… ask questions when you have them, sit at the front of presentations and take notes, and always look for ways to improve your process. If you continue to strive for better, you will be better.

What do you for fun?

I love to garden and learn about horticulture. A “fun” Saturday for me might include working on the yard all day, planting or maintaining the yard. I find a lot of satisfaction in it. My husband and I bought a house that requires a lot of TLC in the yard, and we are gradually making progress. I am hoping to convert much of the existing beds into native gardens.

I love spending time with my dog. Her name is Hopper (Hops for short – like the ingredient in beer), and she is almost a year old Golden Retriever. We adopted her from a rescue organization a few months ago. I love taking her on walks and playing with her in the backyard.

I also enjoy reading and cooking. I like to think of myself as a pretty good cook.


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