An interview with Julia Brown

Name: Julia Brown

Current Job: Manager, Geotechnical Engineering

Scientific Discipline/Field: Geotechnical Engineering

Country: Canada

Pick some letters (L,G,B,T,Q,+, etc.): LTQ

Website: NA

Twitter or other social media handle: NA

What does your job involve?

I manage a group of about 30 Geotechnical Engineers and staff at a mulit-national consulting firm. We provide all types of geotechnical consulting services from investigation, design, monitoring, etc. for many types of project including commercial and residential development, infrastructure, transportation, energy etc.,

How did you get to this job (education etc.)?

After receiving a Bachelor of Engineering Science from the University of Western Ontario, I began working at Golder Associates a geotechnical consulting firm. After a few years of consulting, I decided to change focus and started working for GeoSolv Design/Build a design/build ground improvement contractor as a Project Engineer eventually becoming the Director of Engineering. Following my 6 years at GeoSolv I took a position at WSP a multi-national consulting firm as a geotechnical engineer where I became the Geotechnical Manager in Toronto.

Do you feel being LGBT has affected your career decisions?

Being transgender had definitely affected my career decisions. I was in the closet for most of my career until now and I had carefully chosen where I work, so that when I did come out the risk of adverse affects were lower.

Have you had any reactions from colleagues about being LGBT, either good or bad?

When I came out as Trans all of my colleagues were extremely supportive. I should note that the geotechnical community in Ontario is small, so when I speak of colleagues it is not only those I work with at my company but all those in my field. I honestly cannot believe the amazing support I have received.

Did you have any role models growing up (LGBT, STEM, totally unrelated.)?

Non that I can think of

What are your plans for the future?

My plans are to continue on with what I am doing. I am really enjoying the management side of things and hope to move up that ladder while still dabbling in the technical side.

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