Perhaps there are no two words that describe Jill Vandegrift better than these: rising star. In just a few short years since joining the CDM Smith team, Jill has put her industry expertise to the test, helping to author a potable reuse document to supplement the EPA’s 2012 Guidelines for Water Reuse, providing engineering services for a research and development project with Denver Water focusing on Gaseous Ozone Disinfection of Municipal Pipelines, and lending her technical skills to a direct potable reuse Water Research Foundation project in collaboration with the University of Arizona and participating utilities across the country. Her accomplishments have also earned esteemed recognition outside the CDM Smith walls; Jill was given the WateReuse Association’s Young Professional of the Year Award for 2016.
Why CDM Smith? The people; CDM Smith has the best people. I love who I work with and the minds I get the opportunity to learn from. CDM Smith prides itself on technical supremacy and it’s a healthy environment with lots of room for growth and innovation.
What does “listen. think. deliver.” mean to you? It’s the ability to understand the problem, issue, concern or challenge at hand and provide logical and practical services over time until the objective is reached.
What are your 3 non-work passions? Ice hockey, snowboarding and painting.
What’s something people might be surprised to know about you? I love to cook! And I have a pet flying squirrel.
There’s something electric about working hard together toward a common goal.
In 2016, Jill received the WateReuse Association's Young Professional of the Year Award.