Meet The Experts: Jessica Hart-Terry, PE
Jessica Hart-Terry, PE received her degree in Biological Engineering in 2012 from the University of Arkansas. During her undergraduate career, she worked as a student associate for Dr. Scott Osborn, Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer for BlueInGreen, and her senior design team placed third in the 2012 Gunlogson National Environmental Design Student Competition. In 2015, she was named one of the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal’s Fast 15 inductees and was featured in the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers' (ASABE) Resource Magazine. Jessica has excelled in the research and development, design, piloting and reporting of BlueInGreen’s innovative ozonation system. She currently serves as the HyDOZ® Product Manager.
In this week's Meet The Experts, we sat down with Jessica to learn more about her parents' role in becoming an engineer, the best place to take a Jeep off-roading and how ozone treatment is here to stay.
What led you to engineering?
I had a few amazing female science teachers when I was in high school that I think played a big role in the direction I took, but my parents also had a lot to do with it. They embraced the nerd in me and really encouraged me to pursue a STEM degree. I am a very analytical person and love finding new ways to solve problems, so engineering was a natural fit for me.
What excites you about working with water?
Being in the water treatment industry today is especially exciting with the push for water reuse and the need to supplement dwindling supplies. Because of its efficacy, ozone use will likely continue to grow in the coming years and play a large role in where the industry is headed. Right now, our team at BlueInGreen is playing a key role in shifting public perception and understanding of water treatment. It’s pretty awesome to witness that change, but it's even more special to be driving it.
"Right now, our team at BlueInGreen is playing a key role in shifting public perception and understanding of water treatment. It’s pretty awesome to witness that change, but it's even more special to be driving it."
What is your proudest moment as an operator?
My proudest moment so far would probably be the start-up of our HyDOZ® ozone dissolution system at the Paul R. Noland Water Resource Recovery Facility (WRRF). To date, it is one of the largest projects we’ve done, and BlueInGreen served as the system supplier, providing all of the ozone disinfection equipment. It even earned some accolades along the way, including the 2018 TECHe award from the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ), which honors the innovative use of technology to protect and enhance the state’s environment.
There was a lot of work that went into the design and start-up of that system and seeing it finally operate was so special - professionally and personally. Each installation is unique, but the HyDOZ® at Noland will always stick with me. I actually got to cut the ribbon for the project, and I keep it at my desk.
Describe an average day at BlueInGreen.
- Wake up.
- Get to the office.
- Go home.
If you could change one thing about the industry, what would it be?
There seems to be a fear of change in the water treatment industry that results in innovation being stifled. For a country that, historically, is known for innovation in other markets, the U.S. consistently lags behind Europe in the adoption of new water treatment technologies. If current best practices aren’t adequate enough to solve the water issues that we face today, and other problems that might arise in the future, then we must provide space for innovation and shift the mindset away from the fear of being first.
What do you like to do outside of work?
Pretty much anything outdoors: biking, camping, hiking, paddleboarding. I drive a Jeep Wrangler that we're slowly but surely transforming into a pretty sweet off-road rig. We took it up a few 14ers (mountain peaks exceeding 14,000 feet in elevation) last summer in Colorado and are planning a trip out to New Mexico later this year. We call her “Ol’ Bessy.”
What advice would you share with an aspiring engineer?
Find something that you’re interested in and own it. Break out of your comfort zone. Present that idea at conferences. It’s a great way to force yourself to not only learn the subject, but how to communicate it to others. It’s one of the most valuable skills you can learn to set yourself up for success.
"Each installation is unique, but the HyDOZ at Noland will always stick with me. I actually got to cut the ribbon for the project, and I keep it at my desk."
What do you hope to accomplish next?
BlueInGreen has a lot of exciting momentum right now, both in the industrial and municipal markets. My goal is to continue establishing BIG as dissolution experts. I can't wait to see where we go next!