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Vanessa Galvez


Vanessa Galvez

Image Credit: “Department of Design and Construction - News.” NYC Department of Design and Construction, 17 June 2016, Accessed 23 Apr. 2020.

Vanessa Galvez is an engineer who works on projects focused on sustainability and inclusion. She grew up in Queens, New York, the daughter of Salvadorian immigrants. Her interest in engineering started as a child, taking things apart and putting them back together. She graduated from New York University with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering in 2012. She began working for the New York City Department of Design and Construction as an engineer as hurricane Sandy hit the city. 

In 2016, 26 year-old Galvez led a bioswales project in Queens. The bioswale plants filter and absorb run off and rainwater to help lessen the burden on the city's sewer system. Her work has since taken her to work on project on behalf of the New York City Transit System and more recently, for a private civil engineering firm.