When and how did you know that you wanted to be an engineer?
I was encouraged to be an engineer by my calculus teacher in high school. I always enjoyed tinkering with things and learning how to fix them, so my curiosity with engineering started when I was young but I did not know what an engineer did for a living. I went to the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and I was the first in my immediate family to get a college degree. As a freshman, I was part of the First Year Engineering Program. This was a study and support group of about 25 students. This group also met weekly with the Dean of the College of Engineering and the Department Head of each engineering discipline in the College of Engineering to learn about each program (as freshman, we were all undeclared). I learned about Civil Engineering in this program and decided to be a Civil Engineer.
What do you consider most satisfying about your job?
Participating in the design of a project and knowing that our client is pleased with our work product. When we receive calls from repeat clients to work on the next project, that’s extremely satisfying.
What is your most memorable project?
Cross Street Bridge in Middlebury, VT. This bridge went over a railroad track, Otter Creek, an access road and a parking lot. The native in situ soils required multiple foundation types. One abutment was founded on a shallow foundation and the other abutment and piers were founded on H-pile foundations. An MSE wall was built for one of the abutments to raise grade above the parking lot and to connect the bridge to a roundabout. This project was exciting because of the many design aspects that had to be coordinated with the design team.
How do you define success?
Observing staff engineers that I manage learn, grow, and increase their personal knowledge of engineering. Receiving compliments from clients about staff engineers working on their projects makes me very proud.
What matters most to you?
Knowing that I make a difference.
What can you say about lessons learned?
No matter how hard something may seem, if you work hard, stay focused, and commitment 100%, you can accomplish amazing things.
What is your favorite hobby/hobbies?
I have many….scuba diving, mountain biking, road biking, snowmobiling, and boating to name a few.
What value do you feel you bring to the organization?
Hard work, commitment, and dedication.
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I am very proud to be an engineer and enjoy supporting our engineering community. As a Region 1 Governor of ASCE, I travel the northeast as well as the country to talk about Civil Engineering with other civil engineers, the public, and our elected officials. I believe it is important that we advocate for the Nation’s infrastructure so we can continue to have a strong economy. I am also the legislative and government affairs committee chairman for ACEC/VT, supporting this same cause.
Ph.D., 2003 Civil Engineering (Geotechnical Specialization) University of Massachusetts Amherst
M.S., 1997 Civil Engineering (Environmental Geotechnical Specialization), University of Mass. Amherst
B.S., 1994 Civil Engineering, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Professional Engineer (Vermont)
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