After cramming 4 years of university courses into 5½ years, Terry Suffredini graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in Chemical Engineering.*
She launched her career working for what is now known as TCEQ (Texas Commission on Environmental Quality) before transitioning to the public sector (more commonly referred to as “The Dark Side”) as an environmental consultant specializing in air regulations. Terry’s clients were mostly Texas-based chemical and petrochemical companies.
After working in that field for almost 20 years, Terry accepted the opportunity to return to “real” engineering doing Process Design with an engineering firm in Houston. If you’re paying close attention so far, or are an environmentalist, you’ve identified a pattern. You know that Terry went from working against the polluters …. to working for the polluters …. and is now designing and building the polluters!
In August 2013, Terry made the move into project management, where she has since enjoyed the opportunity to annoy ALL the disciplines (Mechanical, Civil, Electrical, Construction, etc.) and not just Process.
Outside of work, Terry is the mother of four children. She has survived the terrible twos, pre-adolescence, teenage years and college years (well, mostly). And she still loves her kids dearly, in spite of it all. Because Terry knows all about the joys and trials of parenthood, she obviously needs an outlet to promote relaxation and exercise. Dancing does the trick, and Terry loves to dance (CW)! So, if you want to become fast friends with Terry, you’ll want to lead her to the best dance hall in the area when she comes to your town.
* In her defense, Terry switched from a non-science major in her sophomore year and basically had to start all over!