Engineering Projects

From Present to Past...

Currently, Ms Butcher holds responsibilities with Arcadis' Water for Industry (WFI) Team, as a Project Engineer, and assisting Consumer Goods products with Corporate Sustainability. 


Project Water/Wastewater Engineer, Arcadis

■ Task management for site decontamination and decommissioning.

■ Organize industrial water/wastewater (Operations focus) training programs on behalf of clients.

■ Water Risk Assessment for large Industrial Clients - Use models (Aqueduct, Water Risk Filter, Corporate Bonds Water Credit Risk Tool, etc.) and site details for global industrial clients to identify water risks for manufacturing sites. Prioritize sites by water risk for management decision-making.
■ Water Kaizen Blitz (water audit & water treasure hunt) - identifying water reduce/reuse/recycle opportunities at industrial sites. Report out including in depth economic analysis with return on investment (ROI) details for industrial/manufacturing decision makers.
■ Research for Water Environment &Reuse Foundation (WE&RF): Titles - Framework for the Implementation of Industrial Water Reuse; and Scorecard Evaluating Opportunities in Industrial Reuse. As a research contributor, I work under Dr. Brian Moore and Dr. Mary Buzby along with multiple industrial and municipal partners to investigate barriers to water reuse in the industrial setting, overcoming common barriers, and development of a business case for water projects (using financial tools and ROI calculations). Currently, we are working on a tool for industrial managers; the tool will guide users in site prioritization by water risk, water project prioritization, and development of a business case for individual projects (using ROI to showcase the importance of water projects to upper management).

Specifications, Design & Construction Admin
■ High Service Pump replacement and CO2 injection system for drinking water treatment facilities
■ Belt Filter Press de-watering system (specifications, design and construction admin) for wastewater treatment facilities
■ Clarifier and Filtration design for wastewater treatment facilities

Responsibilities include:
■ Coordinate design drawings with CAD technicians
■ Technical Memorandum and Specification writing/editing
■ Request for Qualification (RFQ) and Proposal writing/editing

Senior Management Consultant, Arcadis

■ Develop and maintain client relations by leading customers through EHS needs analysis, providing enterprise software recommendations, and RFP support
Initiate system software architecture configuration 

Environmental Engineer, MWH (Now Stantec)

■ Reviewed submittals and ensure conformance with specifications
■ Coordinated process mechanical design of contaminated groundwater remediation treatment systems with CAD technicians
■ Created hydraulic models in AFT Fathom of groundwater remediation treatment systems
■ Field work: Operated and performed troubleshooting of industrial wastewater treatment system, namely Dissolved Air Flotation (DAF) unit and Disc Filters.

Research Assistant, USF

■ Conducted research on nutrient pollution in stormwater from residential areas, including evaluation of socio-demographic influencing factors.
■ Supported center’s initiatives by representing the center at local stakeholder activities and meetings, execute administrative support and maintain center website (

MS Civil Engineering, USF - Env focus

Air Resources Intern, Golder Associates

Wastewater Intern, City of Tampa

BS Civil Engineering, USF

Planning Unit Leader, FEMA

Developed and maintained relationships with partner Federal Agencies (OFAs), State contacts and nonprofit organizations to ensure operational cohesion during disaster response and recovery.
Made group presentations to Senior Federal Officials regarding disaster status, operations and objectives.
• Crafted speeches utilized to brief White House decision-makers.
Developed standard and specialized reports, summaries and briefings to ensure coordination with other agencies and program offices. Assisted writing and editing the Region’s 2007 Hurricane Contingency Plan. This plan covered over 1,000 miles of hurricane vulnerable coastline for the state of Texas and Louisiana.
Identified potential gaps in available emergency resources; presented recommendations for coordinated resolutions and improvements to the Regional Disaster Operations Director.
Selected to receive spokesperson and media relations training. In addition, presented new disaster response instructions to audiences in excess of 100 Senior Federal Officials.
Recipient of Public Service Award issued by the Region VI Regional Administrator for outstanding work and performance in 2008.

Mel Hard Hat