October 2011


Mrs. Lena Rivera, P.E., D.WRE, M.ASCE is a senior water resources engineer with Camp Dresser & McKee (CDM) in Maitland, Florida, with engineering and management experience in the field of water resources. She has a wide variety of experience in managing and contributing technically to the following types of water resources projects: systems and decision modeling, water supply planning, water quality management, regulatory permit development, ecosystem restoration, groundwater remediation studies, stormwater management, and aquifer storage and recovery (ASR). As project manager, Ms. Rivera has been accountable for client relationships, project schedules, budget control, and project team development and coordination.

Lena is a member of CDM's water resources discipline group and actively fosters exchange of information across the firm in various sub-disciplines such as integrated water resources planning, groundwater, and water quality. She is responsible for coordinating monthly webinars to present and share information on projects, papers, technologies, and markets for CDM's Water Resources Division in the Southeast U.S.

Mrs. Rivera is a Registered Professional Engineer in Florida and an active member of various professional societies. Lena is a current member of the Florida Institute of Consulting Engineers' Water Resources Committee, ASCE's Environmental Water Resources Institute's Environmental Health and Water Quality Committee, and Water Resources Technical Steering Committee of ASCE's East Central Florida Branch. Lena is also a member of the American Water Resources Association and Florida Engineering Society.

Lena received her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering at the University of Central Florida and her Master of Science in Civil Engineering at Duke University. Mrs. Rivera has been a Diplomate since August 2010 and Lena shares with AAWRE on her career path, advice for younger engineers, love for the engineering profession, and her personal inspirations.

Most fun class while in school: I have a hard time choosing just one favorite class, since I really enjoyed my core Water Resources classes (Fluid Mechanics, Hydrology, Hydraulics, Water Resources Design, etc.) at the University of Central Florida. These classes and the relationships that I established with my professors reinforced my interest in the career I had chosen and led the way for me to pursue my graduate degree in water resources engineering at Duke University.

Most fun project I worked on: I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to work on the Lake Okeechobee Fast Track (LOFT) project on behalf of the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD). I assisted in the development of a systems model that was used to optimize phosphorus removal for a proposed reservoir and wetland treatment system in support of Everglades restoration.