Ordinarily Extraordinary - Conversations with women in STEM

89. Madison Sidebottom - Civil Engineer specializing in surveying

September 13, 2022 Kathy Nelson Episode 89
Ordinarily Extraordinary - Conversations with women in STEM
89. Madison Sidebottom - Civil Engineer specializing in surveying
Show Notes

Madison Sidebottom is a Civil Engineer currently working towards her Professional Surveyor License. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering from Western Kentucky University.

Episode Notes

Madison shares her experiences as a new civil engineer - her challenges starting out as one of the only women in her department in her company. How an internship helped her not only figure out what she wanted to do as a civil engineer, but also was such a positive job experience, that it helped when she encountered a more challenging job situation after graduation.

Madison shares how she got interested in civil engineering (cows - who knew cows had anything to do with civil engineering??) and what her future career plans are (running the world - I have no doubt that she can!). Madison is from central Kentucky and grew up in an area with few engineering or STEM influences. We also talk about the importance of women in STEM in media.

Music used in the podcast: Higher Up, Silverman Sound Studio

Acronyms, Definitions, and Fact Check

A Professional Surveyor is an accredited professional who conducts land surveys to measure and define real property and its boundaries. The professional may denote their certification as Professional Surveyor (P.S.), Licensed Surveyor (L.S.), Professional Land Surveyor (P.L.S.), Registered Land Surveyor (R.L.S.), Registered Professional Land Surveyor (R.P.L.S.), or Professional Surveyor and Mapper (P.S.M.). In the U.S., the most common designation is P.S., while in Canada they are referred to as Canada Land Surveyor (C.L.S.). Licensed Surveyors may work as a sole proprietor or contract surveyor, or may be employed by a Land survey company. Land surveying companies often take the form of a survey coordination firm, where a large network of professional surveyors are contracted by a smaller group of staff professional surveyors. The staff surveyors serve as the single point of contact with the client, coordinate with the contract surveyor to conduct the land survey, and then review the land survey or “plat” for the client’s specifications and quality assurance/quality control. Licensed Surveyors are considered distinct from professional engineers; however, the fields are often closely related, particularly in civil engineering. (https://www.partneresi.com/resources/glossary/professional-land-surveyor)

New dinosaur tracks have been uncovered in Texas due to a severe drought that dried up a river. The new tracks, found at Dinosaur Valley State Park, had been buried under layers of sediment. The park is located southwest of Dallas. Many parts of Texas have experienced severe drought this summer. The park, where visitors can observe dinosaur tracks and other wildlife and camp has been under a "burn ban effect" – meaning no fires allowed, due to the drought. The tracks at the park date back 113 million years and the majority of them belong to two species: A theropod called Acrocanthosaurus and a sauropod called Sauroposeidon, Garcia said. An Acrocanthosaurus would stand about 15 feet tall as an adult and weight close to seven tons. Sauroposeidon would be about 60 feet tall and weigh about 44 tons as an adult. (https://www.cbsnews.com/news/new-dinosaur-tracks-uncovered-drought-dried-up-river-texas-dinosaur-valley-state-park/)