2020 40 Under 40: Giuliana Galante, 30
Senior Analyst, Cost Engineering, Arup, Montreal; BS Civil Engineering, Los Andes University; MS Civil Engineering, Stanford University
Galante’s career path was informed by her family and the world she grew up in. Her father and grandfather were civil engineers and she quickly saw the potential to do some real good for her native Colombia. She started her career as a cost estimator for a deep foundation contractor in Colombia, where she delivered the estimates for more than 100 projects. Her experience made her realize she could do the most good in procurement and construction management. At Arup, she had a key role in Boston’s Green Line Extension project, which had faced overruns and delays. She performed the cost analyses that ultimately led to a budget approval, enabling the reprocurement of the project. She also provided analysis and insight on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge Bike Path project and the repurposing of the Homestake Gold Mine into the Department of Energy-funded Long Baseline Neutrino Facility in South Dakota. Each project has provided Galante with a new perspective and a new way for her to flex her analytical skills to provide the best outcome for the company and the client. Outside of work, Galante volunteered with an organization in South Africa to prevent wildlife poaching, activity that remains very close to her heart. As for hobbies, she can often be found on the dance floor. She’s been dancing ballet since she was 4 and regularly takes dance classes. Galante is learning to play the piano and is hoping to master the instrument soon. She’s also a passionate baker, particularly when it comes to desserts, which are a hit with all her friends.