John Brito currently serves as an environmental engineer for CDM Smith in their Providence, RI office. He is a registered professional engineer in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee. His work focuses on the rehabilitation and design of water and wastewater conveyance systems for public and private clients. He has always had a passion for the environment and social justice and has been able to find a nexus in his current career by helping to repair and design critical urban infrastructure. John obtained his B.S in civil/environmental engineering from the University of Rhode Island (URI) in 2011. At URI, John was an active member of the URI community and became president of the URI chapter of The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). As an ungraduated John was able to perform water quality research in Cape Verde, Africa where his parents were born. This research furthered his interest in obtaining his master's degree, and so he attended the University of Missouri and obtained his M.S. in environmental engineering in 2013.
After receiving his M.S. in environmental engineering, John moved to Memphis, TN as an environmental engineer to join the program management team of a $250 million sewer rehabilitation project for the City of Memphis. During his free time in Memphis, John helped re-charter the NSBE Alumni chapter and served as the president for the first two years. As president John was able to help secure grant funding to grow their STEM mentoring program which helped send over 50 students all-expense paid to the NSBE National Conference in Anaheim, CA and Boston, MA.
John recently moved back to his hometown of Pawtucket, RI where he hopes to find ways to connect with the community and give back. He is currently a mentor and recruiter for the ACE mentor program promoting architecture, construction, and engineering to high school students in the greater Providence area. His interests outside of work include STEM outreach and mentoring, connecting with the local community through diverse cultural activities, supporting the local arts community, and trying to find ways to give back to the community that raised him.