Alumni Testimonials

Kimberly Keithline

Master of Civil Engineering
, Class of 2014
I chose Norwich because it allowed me to study structural engineering while continuing to do the job I loved. Since my day job involved extensive travel, I could not have gone back to school in a traditional classroom setting.
Kimberly Keithline, Class of 2014
Master of Civil Engineering

Q: “Kimberly – tell us about your life, family and interests.”
A: “I live in Arlington, Virginia with my husband, Jeff, who I have been married to for more than 22 years. We have one child, a son, who is at the College of William & Mary. I have run four full marathons and three half marathons and I love to travel.”

Q: “What is your current employer and what does your professional life entail?”
A: “I am just starting a new job as an engineer at the consulting firm MPR Associates in Alexandria, Virginia, where I will do technical problem solving for nuclear power plants. I started my career as a naval officer at Naval Reactors, the headquarters for the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program in Washington, D.C. I was active duty for five years and then a Navy civilian until 2008, when I moved to the Nuclear Energy Institute to support the commercial nuclear industry. Most recently, I have coordinated the U.S. nuclear power industry’s activities to perform seismic evaluations at all existing nuclear plant sites.”

Q: “What was your motivation for pursuing your degree?”
A: “I have been working very closely with a group of seismic structural experts since 2011. They are amazing people and the subject matter is fascinating, so I wanted to learn more. Since my only child graduated from high school in 2012, I was also looking for a new challenge to fill my weekends that had been dedicated to the Thomas Jefferson High School band program for four years.”

Q: “Why did you choose Norwich?”
A: “I chose Norwich because it allowed me to study structural engineering while continuing to do the job I loved. Since my day job involved extensive travel, I could not have gone back to school in a traditional classroom setting.”

Q: “How have you grown personally or professionally as a result of your education?”
A: “Since I completed my previous graduate engineering studies 24 years ago, I wasn’t sure I still had what it would take to really do intense technical work. Successfully completing problem sets and exams was a huge confidence boost. It helped inspire me to make a career change and pursue a desire I’ve had for several years to work for an organization with a very strong technical reputation.”

Q: “What aspects of your Norwich experience will you carry most strongly with you?”
A: “When I think of Norwich, the Residency Conference will probably be the first thing that comes to mind. During that week in Vermont, I learned so much from my fellow civil engineering classmates and students in the other graduate programs. Talking to them and listening to their presentations made me want to learn more.”