Professor O’Leary worked in the engineering and environmental industries for over 20 years prior to coming to Vermont Tech, including owning and managing a 14-person consulting firm in Vermont. She continues to play an active role in the industry, working on retainer for her former company, participating in industry trainings and organizations, and providing technical and permitting services on college projects. Professor O’Leary hired a considerable number of Vermont Tech graduates at her former company and due to the exceptional practical knowledge and abilities of Vermont Tech graduates, this continues under the new ownership.
Professor O’Leary is Chair of the Civil & Environmental Engineering Technology Department, and her teaching responsibilities include CET 1020 Engineering Materials, CET 2020 Hydraulics and Drainage, CET 2030 Environmental Engineering and Science, and CET 2110 Mechanics of Soils. Additionally, Professor O’Leary teaches CPM 3130 Construction Soils for the department of Construction Practices Management and groundwater, land use, and permitting courses for the Sustainable Design and Technology degree programs.
Her education includes a Bachelors’ degree in Geology and a M.S. in Agricultural & Biologic Engineering, with a focus on Soil & Water Engineering. Professor O’Leary recently acted as the college’s Project Manager for the construction of our 4.5 million dollar Anaerobic Digester. Professor O’Leary has been on a Backcountry Rescue Team for years, and when not teaching or working tries to get out hiking and kayaking as much as possible.