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STEPHEN W. DONEGAN, EI

What inspired you to choose your career path?
I was always a math whiz, so engineering was right up my alley. As far as transportation design goes, my statistics professor stressed to me that population is always increasing (especially in Florida), so highway designers will have a lot of work to do in the near future!

What do you enjoy most about your job?
I enjoy working alongside everyone at DRMP, but specifically in the roadway department there are many who are right around my age group (early 20’s). My peers and I have a sense of comradery that I can depend on when it comes down to crunch time to meet the project deadline.

What are you most passionate about?
I am passionate about music. As a classically trained percussionist, I was captain of the drumline back in high school and marched a couple years on the UCF drumline in the snare line. It’s a unique trait that I can share with other musicians when jamming together. I’m an engineer during the week but on my time off I like to spice it up on the drum kit.

What is your greatest challenge?
My greatest challenge was my final semester at UCF. I was working full-time and going straight to the school to attend lecture. Although I was only enrolled in one class (senior design – last one!), finding time for myself was scarce. Now that I am DONE with all that undergrad business, I have settled into a more balanced routine.

Name an important “lessons learned” moment you have experienced.
An important lesson I’ve learned here at DRMP is to communicate effectively. At times there are concerns/issues that can be worked out ahead of time, as long as everyone is on the same page. A simple call or a visit to someone’s office can proactively save a lot of heartache (not to mention time and money). Also, this gives me an opportunity to lighten up someone’s day or make a lasting first impression.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
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