Alumni Tale: Geoff Grant ’97 ’03G

What did you study at UNH?

B.S. Marine Biology, M.S. Civil Engineering

What were you doing 1 year out of college?

After receiving my undergraduate degree in Marine & Freshwater Biology in 1997, I began my graduate work in civil engineering at UNH, working under Dr. Nancy Kinner.  I was fortunate enough to receive a research assistantship to study the impact of in situ bioremediation of petroleum hydrocarbons in a salt marsh while completing the required coursework for my master’s degree.

What were you doing 5 years out of college?

I was working as a consulting engineer, helping communities and utilities through New England identify strategies to comply with their wet weather consent decrees and address challenges associated with aging infrastructure.  Around that time, I took an assignment with a sister company in Auckland, New Zealand to study the principles and practice of infrastructure asset management.

What were you doing 10 years out of college?

I had returned to the States and lived in several cities, where I worked on the design of wastewater collection systems, pumping stations, and treatment plants.  During this time I also had the fortunate opportunity to help major cities and utilities develop wet weather plans that integrated solutions designed to address combined sewer overflow, sanitary sewer overflow and stormwater issues with projects ranging from small green infrastructure solutions to large diameter tunnels and treatment plants.

What are you doing now?

I am still a consulting engineer and serve as one of the leaders of my firm’s wet weather practice group.  I continue to support the development of projects and strategies to help cities and utilities comply with obligations outlined in their respective consent orders throughout the United States.

How do you feel your time at UNH has had an impact on where you are today?

My experience at UNH shaped who I am today.  The strong academic training I received has enabled me to attain success in the workplace.  In addition, my involvement in extracurricular activities such as Freshman Camp, Student Senate, SAFC, WUNH, and Rec Sports helped me hone important interpersonal communication skills that have helped in all facets of my life.

Why do you believe in UNH?

The size and location of UNH created an ideal environment for me to succeed. Professors, administrators, and students alike are all very accessible and committed to learning and supporting one another.  While my undergraduate days are nearly 20 years behind me, my UNH friends and acquaintances are still some of the strongest relationships I have outside of my family.  Out in the real world I realize how much of an anomaly this is and makes me glad I chose UNH.  #Wildcatforlife