By Kara E. Hensley
Most would say that the disciplines of engineering and the arts
couldn’t be more distinct. However, to Vasiliki (Vicky) Keramida, the founder,
president and CEO of KERAMIDA Environmental, Inc., the fields of engineering and
art could not be more complementary. In her native country of Greece, Keramida
grew up in an environment where the two fields were well integrated, as
engineers were often also talented artists.
In 1969, Keramida left Athens to pursue her passion for academia
and engineering, subsequently receiving a B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in environmental
engineering form Purdue University—the first woman to do so. A woman of many
firsts, she was selected as the first director to head all of the environmental
programs for the City of Indianapolis, and was founder of the Indianapolis Water
and Land Protection Division.
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