At DRMP Since:
“I appreciate that DRMP’s corporate culture is built on teamwork. Everyone has an important role to play at the firm that contributes to the success of the firm.”
What inspired you to choose your career path?
I was always better at science and math, so engineering or architecture seemed like a natural choice. I have had an interest in the history of engineering as well. Recently, I discovered that my great grandfather was invited to attend the opening of the Brooklyn Bridge. His invitation (printed by Tiffany & Co.) hangs in my office. He was involved in the design of the approach spans on the Brooklyn side of the main span. I also acquired his land surveying textbook from the mid 1700’s. So, I guess for me it was a path of destiny!
What do you enjoy most about your job?
Ultimately, I enjoy our success as a team when we see a project that we have designed fully constructed. It is a great advantage over other types of engineering. I have been privileged to help take aerial photos of many of our projects. It is from that vantage point that the magnitude of each project seems so grand.
What are you most passionate about?
I am most passionate about my family, including several exchange students we have hosted. We have visited them in their home country and they have returned to visit us. Sharing cultures is fascinating.
What is your greatest challenge?
These days, projects, especially larger ones, are developed by a large team of capable individuals, but each group is only a part of the overall project. My role is quality control review prior to client submittal, so my greatest challenge is to make sure that each carefully crafted design component (a "piece" of the puzzle) fits to form an overall design.
My second challenge is in keeping up with technology. I am old school, from the world of slide rules, logarithmic tables and protractors. I even know who Leroy is. Technology of delivery, hardware, software and procedures changes daily and requires a great deal of study to stay current.
Name an important "lessons learned" moment you have experienced.
There are many solutions to most problems, but the real trick is to find the most effective one. For instance, raising the bridge may be one choice, but perhaps a more effective one would be to lower the river below it. As engineers, it’s important to look at all options.