Malin was born and raised in Stockholm, Sweden. Sweden is located in northern Europe, on a peninsula west of Russia (View Map). As a teenager, Malin was a national champion in various swimming events, and travelled the world to represent the Swedish National Team . She decided to move to the US in order to get an engineering degree and compete in swimming at the same time. She received a full athletic scholarship to Drexel University, and has lived in Philadelphia since she graduated in 2012 with a BS in Environmental Engineering. Malin held the Drexel record in 200 yards breaststroke for 4 years. While her swimming career is over, she now enjoys training for various running events, and enjoys cross-country skiing when she visits her family in Sweden.
What was your very first job?
During my education at Drexel, I did an internship for the Philadelphia Water Department in the Collectors Systems Support unit. This was a great experience - I learned a lot about Philadelphia and the operation and maintenance of its infrastructure. After graduating Drexel I worked as a MEP engineer for an architectural firm. While this was not a field for me, I learned drafting in various CAD programs and I also I saw Site Development projects from the architect's and MEP's perspective, which I have used today at Rodriguez Consulting.
How did you become interested in Civil and Environmental Engineering?
I have always had an interest in science and math, and I decided as a kid that I wanted to pursue a career in engineering. Civil and Environmental Engineering is a field I developed a passion for as I realized what an impact it has on the everyday life, and our future. Growing up in Sweden, my summers consisted of swimming in the nearby lakes, and thus I have an appreciation for clean air and waters.
At Rodriguez Consulting I get to work on various projects concerning Site Development and Water Management which all involves aspects of what I’m passionate about.