Ms. Ruiz interned to LACO Associates in 2017 after receiving her B.S. in Civil Engineering. As an intern, she was involved in stormwater compliance and aided in developing engineering preliminary reports. She left LACO to pursue an M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering and graduated from the University of California, Davis in 2019. Her M.S. project focused on evaluating common NOM removal strategies in WTPs to assess possible parameter modifications to optimize NOM removal in response to changes in water quality following wildfires. Her previous work experience includes working as a student assistant at the UC Davis Wastewater Treatment Plant where she learned how to conduct BOD and Bac-T testing and measured TSS and TDS. Now back on the LACO team, she is eager to continue her professional development.
Team Member Spotlight
• Hometown? Years in the Profession?
• Before working at LACO, what was the most unusual or interesting job you had?
“I was a volleyball coach for a local summer camp program. I love playing volleyball and enjoyed sharing my interest with people that were just as enthusiastic about the sport.”
• What are 3 words to describe LACO?
“Caring, flexible, Committed.”
• What is the best advice you can give to a new hire?
“Do not be afraid to ask questions. The LACO family are very friendly and will do their best to give you the support/help you need.”
• What is the first concert you ever attended?
“My first concert was in Oakland, California. I went to see Mana, a Mexican rock band.”