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Whether she’s attending an Iowa State University tailgate, pheasant hunting with her husband and two German Shorthairs, fishing, or out in the field collecting data for water system improvements, Designer Brooke Sievers incorporates the outdoors into all aspects of her life. With coffee to keep her energized and snacks to keep her happy, Brooke provides design guidance to a variety of civil infrastructure projects, including sanitary sewer, water quality, and transportation.

What does a day in the life of Brooke look like at ISG?

Every day is different – which I love. Some days, I’ll be writing an engineering report, and other days I’ll be working directly with a client. I work on a variety of projects, primarily in the municipal market. Some projects I’ve worked on include water and wastewater treatment, drinking water wells, distribution and collection systems, and sidewalks.

What do you like most about the firm culture at ISG?

ISG designer at Iowa State gameWe really follow a work hard, play hard mentality. We all invest a lot of time and energy into our projects and clients to produce quality work that we’re proud of, so it’s really nice that we can unwind a bit at the end of the week or a long day, whether that be with Nerf guns, drinks, or good conversation.

Focusing on strengths is another core part of ISG's culture. Which of your StrengthsFinder results do you connect to the most?

I connect most to responsibility. Whenever I commit to something – whether that be work related or not – I take ownership of it. I always strive to deliver to the best of my ability. During my career at ISG, responsibility has probably taken me the farthest. I hold myself accountable, try not to make excuses, and take pride in what I’m doing – all of which attribute to a successful career.

What’s something unique about you that most people don’t know?

After we got married, my husband and I came to a mutual decision that buying a fishing boat would take priority over buying a house. Just don’t ask me to put bait on the hook or take the fish off without gloves, because fish, minnows, and leaches are all on my “do not touch” list.

You are very outdoorsy and connected with nature. What has been your favorite experience outdoors?

My husband and I do quite a bit of fishing and pheasant hunting. Since moving to Minnesota, we’ve gotten pretty good at doing spur-of-the-moment fishing trips, especially if we hear they’re biting somewhere. However, one of my favorite trips we’ve done is renting an ice house over New Year’s weekend last year – we literally slept on the ice and didn’t touch land for three days!

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Brooke contributes to the success of a wide range of municipal projects at ISG, and you also might find her holding a Nerf gun in our Mankato, Minnesota, office.

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