Smith Joins LFA Water Department

Water Department Gains Engineer in Smith


LFA welcomes Chelsie Smith to the Water Engineering Department! Smith is a University of Notre Dame student scheduled to graduate this semester. She joins us part time as she completes her master’s degree in environmental engineering and then will join LFA full time as an engineering intern upon graduation.

With a bachelor’s degree in biology, Smith’s specialty was ichthyology. She has worked for Disney and Discovery Cove, a Sea World subsidiary, in aqua culture and water chemistry. “Working there showed me how important water quality and filtration are. I wanted to learn more about the logistics that go into that,” she said.

Chelsie Smith

Fortunately, Notre Dame’s program accepts undergrads who were non-engineering majors. Smith laughs that she’s taking a lot of math now as she makes this career shift.

In addition to being a full-time student and a part-time LFA employee, she is an active member of her local church, loves plants, her two cats, Nova and Beans, and plays video games. And, if that isn’t enough, she also plays flute for the Notre Dame band.

Smith grew up in Tennessee and moved to Florida and said she is happy to settle in one place for a while. Her long-term goal would be to design aqua culture, aquaponics, and filtration systems.

“South Bend is a great community,” she said. “It’s a good place to start my career and get established.”


Welcome to the team, Chelsie!

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