At DRMP Since:
“I really like DRMP’s collaborative work environment. Working with my colleagues from different disciplines allows me to see the big picture and ultimately provide the best outcomes for our clients.”
What inspired you to choose your career path?
After graduating from North Carolina State University with a Civil Engineering degree, the Florida Department of Transportation came up to Raleigh recruiting for positions with their District Four PD&E group. The position seemed interesting so I decided to give it a try and moved to Florida. I have now been doing PD&E work for over 25 years and been back in North Carolina for the last 12 years.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
There are two aspects of my job I enjoy. One is being able to solve problems or challenges using a team approach. No two projects are ever identical and have their own unique challenges. The second thing is interacting with the public to explain why things are done the way they are, listen to their concerns, and help non-engineers understand the benefits of a project.
What are you most passionate about?
I’m most passionate about my family and trying to dedicate as much time as I can to them outside of work. Work – Life balance is very important.
What is your greatest challenge?
My greatest challenge is managing different personalities both in my professional and personal lives. Between our large project teams, private citizens interested in our projects, and other parents at school and community groups, everyone has an opinion on how things should be done. My engineering mind does not like to just spin my wheels. I like to try and keep people moving forward and make progress towards a common goal.
Name an important "lessons learned" moment you have experienced.
While our industry is spread throughout the United States, it is a very small close knit group. You never know when folks you worked with or for many years ago in one state will cross paths with you again in another state often times with your roles reversed. It can’t be said enough to never burn bridges. Professional and personal friendships are very important to continued success.