Staff Engineer, Tighe & Bond
The ardent pursuit of answering these questions will light the way through a career in STEM.
What do you do?
I work at a civil engineering consulting firm in the water business line. I primarily work on projects for municipal clients, most of which are related to water, sewer, and stormwater utilities. As a staff engineer, I help project engineers and project managers with construction observation, construction administration, and design of these projects.
Why did you choose this field?
In high school, I was mainly interested in art and English courses - creative endeavors were, and still are, intrinsic to my being. Math and science courses weren't as interesting to me at first, but I was able to keep up and do well. Civil engineering seemed the perfect blend of creativity and logic when college applications began. By that point, I started to understand the beauty of calculus and physics and found a way to translate it to art: the bridge between thinking and feeling became my intellectual sweet-spot. Though the majority of engineering work operates in the logical realm, the bursts of creativity in drafting plans and solving problems keeps me motivated.
What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?
When I got my first internship, it was the first chance I had to use the skills I learned in school to do a job. This moment made me realize that I was on track to much more than a degree in engineering, but to becoming a real engineer creating real infrastructure.
Why do you love working in STEM?
I am motivated by the positive impact of the civil engineering work I do on society and the environment.
Best advice for next generation?
Find the questions that spark your curiosity. The ardent pursuit of answering these questions will light the way through a career in STEM.
Inspo quote / fun fact / role model
"Good thing I didn't accomplish all my goals yet because then what would I do tomorrow?" -Alexi Pappas