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Sheila Carpenter-van Dijk

Sheila is diverse.  She currently is the owner of SCV Jewelry, a brand new business she started after retiring as a Civil/Environmental Engineer.

Sheila’s alma mater is the University of South Florida in Tampa graduating with a BS in Civil Engineering (with Environmental Specialty) and a Graduate Certificate in Desalination Technology and Engineering.  She also graduated from Polk Community College in Winter Haven with two Associate Degrees, one in pre-Architecture and one in Engineering Technology.  Her most recent graduation is from the Penn-Foster Career School with a Bench Technician’s Diploma.

Sheila is a certified YMCA Swim Instructor with current certifications in Basic First Aid, CPR Pro and Emergency Oxygen.  She swims competitively as a United States Masters Swimmer and for 2013, she is a sponsored athlete with Hammer Nutrition.

Sheila has held all the offices and several committee chair positions at her local American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), West Coast Branch (Florida Section), also serving on the Board of Directors.  She got involved with EWRI and has served as a member or chair of several Councils or Committees on the Institute Operations side of EWRI.

Sheila previously worked in Construction Quality Inspection / Quality Assurance in the environmental industry as well as in Bridge and Roadway Construction and Inspection.  She has also worked in Water and Wastewater Engineering, Solid Waste Engineering and had a beginning in engineering drafting with pen and paper.

Sheila is a United States Air Force veteran.  While in the military she performed the duties of Public Relations, served as a journalist for the base newspaper, wrote the base history and did radio and TV broadcasting.  Her voice was heard in Viet Nam over Armed Forces Radio.

Sheila has spent time working as a crewmember on charter yachts and subsequently received her US Coast Guard License for the Caribbean and Florida.  After returning to Florida from the Caribbean, she was a sailing instructor.
SheilaCarpenter-van Dijk,
EWRI Fellow Since 2013