June 2021 – Meet Scott Kranz, Northwest Program Manager at AECOM Technical Services in Boise, Idaho
What is your educational background? MS, Hydrogeology/Hydrology, University of Nevada – Reno, 1994 and BS, Physical Science, California State University – Chico, 1992
What drew you to working in the environmental sector? I was attracted to hydrology and hydrogeology as an undergrad because I was interested in working around streams, lakes, and wanted to learn more about groundwater and water rights. Started working in the environmental industry following grad school, still trying to play in water.
In one word, describe yourself. Optimistic.
What’s one interesting thing about you not many people know? My mom rode with the Hells Angels.
How do you balance your career and family? Family came later in life for me, with my son born just before my 50th birthday. I try to focus on work at the office and family at home. I try to schedule family time to prevent work overlap.
What drew you to AECOM Technical Services? I like working on larger projects with multidisciplinary teams, which pushed me towards AECOM. I like the diversity a large company provides.
What are three words to describe AECOM? Challenging, collaborative and inclusive.
What is the favorite part about working for your company? I get the opportunity to work with many great people and sometimes get to travel to interesting locations.
What has been your favorite project at your company? I enjoy working with the Army National Guard. Very nice people.
How has your company helped you in your career development? There are many options for career growth within AECOM, including technical, project management, business development, and operations. AECOM provides the flexibility to grow, training tools, and a network of mentors to support you.
What has your involvement been with NEBC? I have been involved with NEBC for nearly 20 years, actively engaged in the Business and Environment Conference and participating in events. The networking at NEBC events is engaging.
What is the best professional advice you’ve received? If you see something you think needs to be done, just take it on and do it.
What advice do you have for prospective candidates who want to work at your company or in the industry? Network and talk to as many people as you can. The desire to do high quality work is as important as your technical skills.
What is on your wish list for the next 5 years for your industry? Implement PFAS compounds remedial action using remedial technology capable of destroying PFAS compounds. I would like to see elimination of PFAS compounds rather than moving to another media or location.
As a part of the industry, what sort of trends do you see? Emerging contaminates will continue to drive environmental industry changes. Use of virtual tools will continue to grow, allowing for better stakeholder and public engagement.