Karen Huberdeau ‘11, reflects fondly on her days as a civil engineer student at the University of New Hampshire – the friends she made, professors she had in class and the experiences that helped shape her early career in the transportation industry.
It is those reasons, and the desire to give back, Huberdeau chose to become a mentor in UNH Pathways, a programs a hosted by the UNH Career Center in coordination with the Alumni Association. UNH Pathways brings alumni and undergraduates together for professional growth as alumni provide valuable insight on navigating through the post–college world.
“I wanted to help the students prepare for their transition to a professional career,” said Huberdeau. “I see the program helping the students connect to professionals which will help ease their transition and answer any questions they may have.”
Huberdeau, a Transportation Project Designer in VHB’s Bedford, New Hampshire, office, is also excited about networking with fellow alumni and professors.
“Networking and connecting with other professionals is an added benefit,” she said. “The program will help the mentors to better understand themselves and their goals as they share them with their mentees.”
Since obtaining her degree from UNH, Huberdeau’s professional experience includes design, cost estimating, and plan production for various transportation projects across New England. She said the most rewarding part of her career is knowing that the work she does will play a part in enhancing the infrastructure and needs of the society and future generations.
As a student, Huberdeau said her career benefitted greatly from student projects, which strengthened presentation skills and prepared her to work in a team environment with busy schedules and deadlines. Huberdeau was an active member in the Society of Women Engineers and currently involved with the New Hampshire ASCE Younger Member group.
Currently residing in Loudon, NH, she spends her free time outdoors, hiking, boating, water skiing and walking with her dog, Willow. Huberdeau said she learned a lot about herself and developed her self-confidence during her time in martial arts, achieving her first degree black belt in 2004.