From the beginning of her time at Franciscan University, Olivia Janney’s professors stressed the importance of internships in her field. After several internships throughout college, Olivia secured an internship with GEI Consultants which turned into a full-time position working on their geotechnical and structural design team.
With a special interest in structural design, Olivia gets to work with her passion daily. She currently aids in the design and management of ground improvement work for multiple projects around Washington, D.C. One of the projects involves the construction of restaurants and high-rise apartments at The Wharf in Washington, D.C.
In her formation at Franciscan, Olivia found her academics to be rigorous but unique.
“My professors expected a lot, but they cared about each student individually,” Janney said.
Olivia found community through involvement with the soccer team and experienced profound faith formation while at Franciscan.
“The community and atmosphere on campus, you can’t find that anywhere else,” she said.
By enrolling in Franciscan University’s dual-degree engineering program, Olivia spent two years at Franciscan University taking engineering-related courses, then transferred to The Catholic University of America, graduating summa cum laude and honored as valedictorian for the Civil Engineering Department. She also received a bachelor of science degree in Mathematical Science from Franciscan University. At CUA, she focused on research and collaborated with a team of her peers to engineer a water filter to aid the residents of Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.