20 in their Twenties 2022: Maithilee Das

(IBJ photo/Eric Learned)

Civil Engineer/Project Manager, Greeley and Hansen

Growing up in Dubai, Maithilee Das was always fascinated by water scarcity and availability. That fascination grew when she arrived at Purdue University and learned about the water-quality challenges in the Midwest. She connected with Greeley and Hansen at a career fair at Purdue, got a job there, and works on projects for the company that help conserve and protect water. Outside of work, her volunteer ventures at Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Indiana Water Environment Association, the Fall Creek Place Reconnecting Our Waterways Committee and the Fall Creek Place Beautification Committee overlap with her day job.

Proud moment in your career? After three years at Greeley and Hansen, she returned to Purdue full-time to pursue a master’s degree in environmental and ecological engineering.  And after graduation, she returned to Greeley and Hansen and started pursuing “what is now the most challenging and rewarding initiative I have ever worked on. I am currently leading the development of a joint, regional climate action plan among three governmental jurisdictions in Greater Lafayette, spanning from goal establishment all the way to implementation.”

What have you learned about yourself since you joined the workforce? “I never lose. I either win or I learn. Not being scared of failure is an amazing feeling!”

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? “Continuing to jump in with both feet at every new and exciting opportunity that comes my way.”

Favorite social media platform: Facebook

Favorite podcast: “Crime Junkie”

Netflix recommendation: “Anything and everything narrated by David Attenborough.”

Go-to coffee order: “Prior to 2 p.m., a dark roast drip coffee with oat milk; after 2 p.m., a chai or a featured seasonal tea.”

Morning person or night owl? Both. “There are not enough hours in a day to get everything done, so I am usually up early and up late!”•

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