Airport Development Engineer
WisDOT Bureau of Aeronautics
MADISON, WIS. – Paula Groom joined the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Aeronautics (BOA) in May 2014. As an airport development engineer, Paula is responsible for managing projects at 10 airports around Wisconsin – the largest being Chippewa Valley Regional Airport in Eau Claire. Her duties include helping the airports develop achievable capital improvement plans; contracting with consultants for planning, design and construction engineering services; conducting plan reviews; and working as a liaison between local sponsors and state and federal agencies.
Paula earned a Bachelor’s of Civil Engineering Degree in 2013 from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. She completed her coursework with a structures emphasis in 3½ years. In addition, Paula has 15 years of experience working in residential construction with her father. Prior to joining BOA, Paula worked for an architectural and engineering consulting firm in Chicago.
Paula is an Engineer in Training, working toward her Professional Engineer title. She is originally from, and currently lives in Mineral Point, Wisconsin, where she volunteers as an emergency medical technician. She enjoys hiking with her dog, skiing, and fishing in northern Wisconsin.