STEMM Idol: Nadja Turek ‘96

A push in the direction of engineering by a CJ teacher helped lead Nadja Turek ‘96 to a career in civil engineering. She shared how she is making an impact in the infrastructure and sustainable design industries when she spoke to students as part of the STEMM Idol Speaker Series earlier this month.

“Brother Bob Wiethorn was in charge of the Math, Engineering and Science Club, which I was a member of,” Turek shared. “He told me one day, ‘You know Nadja, have you thought about engineering?’ I had never thought about it. He suggested that I look into a women in engineering camp at the University of Dayton, which still exists. I spent a week there over the summer and learned about different engineering disciplines; that helped me decide on civil engineering.”

After CJ, Turek, an Air Force veteran, received her Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Colorado, and later Master’s degrees from Regis University and the Air Force Institute of Technology, in environmental engineering and science. She now works as an environmental engineer at Woolpert where she serves as the research and development facilitator.

“I implement new solutions and capabilities such as resilient design and planning, airborne thermal imagery for energy auditing, scan to BIM technologies, and leveraging GIS for facility owners,” Turek explained.

During her presentation to current CJ students, Turek emphasized, “It just took one person to stop me and say, have you thought about engineering, and that helped me discover my career. I am eternally grateful.”

Are you interested in becoming a CJ STEMM Idol Speaker Series presenter? Contact Meg Draeger, CJ STEMM coordinator, at (937) 461-3740 x487, or at

Posted February 14, 2018