SAN DIEGO, CA

Kirsten Plonka

PE

“I’m driven to help agencies foster meaningful relationships and uncover regional solutions that ultimately serve water customers in the best way possible.”

Kirsten Plonka

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Kirsten brings more than 18 years of experience in the planning, design and management of water, wastewater and recycled water systems.

She specializes in project management, hydraulic modeling, feasibility studies, infrastructure and water resource planning studies, and master planning, including capital improvement plans and budgeting. She is well-versed in funding alternatives, regulatory compliance, and public policy development. Her experience includes database development and integration of GIS with hydraulic models, recycled water customer databases and asset databases.

She also has experience managing utilities’ engineering departments, as well as operational experience leading wastewater collection. Her extensive experience in the public sector allows her to approach projects from an owner’s perspective and plan and design projects that are implementable and user-friendly.

On a personal note

I have wanted to work in the civil and environmental engineering field since I was in high school, which I pursued further in my undergraduate education. Since then, I have had had the opportunity to work on exciting infrastructure projects and helped agencies foster meaningful relationships that have led to regional solutions that ultimately serve customers in the best way possible. My experience working for cities and water districts has led me to understand the rewards of working to build infrastructure in a sustainable, user-friendly manner within the framework of a public agency.

AREA OF EXPERTISE

Project management

Planning

Hydraulic modeling

GIS integration

Infrastructure design

AWIA compliance

Funding support

Operations

LICENSES/CERTIFICATIONS

Professional Engineer – Civil, California, No. C70746

American Water Works Association AWIA Certification

EDUCATION

BS, Civil Engineering, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo