Svetlana Zdanovich

Location: Laval, Quebec, Canada

What I like most is finding solutions to specific problems. Engineering is a very real way to have an impact on cities and the world. What I’m most proud of in my profession is having an impact.

Svetlana Zdanovich, junior HVAC engineer with Tetra Tech in Laval, Quebec, found her passion for engineering as a university student through sustainable development and energy-efficient buildings. Her interest in architecture and designing living spaces shaped her academic career, leading her to gather a team to participate in the international Solar Decathlon competition to design and build a house powered entirely by solar energy.

Svetlana holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. Her dedication and excellence in her career, passionate involvement at the academic level, and desire to contribute positively to the community make her a role model for other young people who wish to pursue a career in the engineering field.

As a LEED Green Associate, Svetlana works on commercial buildings, ensuring that the concepts and designs respond to the LEED certification requirements. She also uses Revit, a management software that allows interdisciplinary teams to easily collaborate in the design process, which leads to a reduction of cost and time. Svetlana believes team work, the role of “the human touch,” and a healthy curiosity are all integral components to the successful completion of projects. She strongly believes that engineering can have a real and beneficial impact on society, and this mindset is reflected in her work at Tetra Tech.

Svetlana was selected to be interviewed by the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec (Quebec’s Professional Order of Engineers) as part of their “A Place for You” (“Une place pour toi”) campaign. In the video below, she shares her passion for her profession and discusses career development and diversity in the engineering field.

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