What was your favorite subject(s) high school?
Math and science
When did you know you were interested in engineering?
When I was young my favorite toys were legos, Lincoln logs, and tinker toys. I was lucky enough to have an older brother who had outgrown these toys. I was also known to dig large excavations in my mom’s flower gardens with my brothers old toy tractors!
What was it that peaked your interest?
I always enjoyed learning how things work.
Did you have any mentors?
While I didn’t know any Civil Engineers, I had an uncle who was an electrical engineer and my brother was studying to be a mechanical engineer.
Who was your biggest influencer in your career choice?
I think that having my brother obtain an engineering degree before I ever started college allowed me to realize that engineering was an obtainable degree.
Did you face any resistance from family or friends about your career choice?
No, I come from a very supporting family.
Did you entertain any other career possibilities? If so, what and why didn’t you go that route?
Until I was a senior in high school I wanted to be a teacher. I think I ultimately chose not to go into teaching because the job market in Michigan was bleak.
Where did you go to college? Why?
The University of Michigan. I went to high school in Haslett and wanted to get out of the East Lansing area. I also based my decision on the fact that the Fab 5 won the National Championship my senior year of high school.
What is it about civil engineering that caught your interest out of the other engineering fields?
I enjoyed the civil engineering classes better than the other general engineering classes at school.
How/why did you choose NTH?
NTH has a reputation of being a great engineering company and I wanted to be a part of company where I would be involved in challenging projects where I could grow and learn as an engineer.
What do you do at NTH and what do you like most about your job?
My main focus at NTH is landfills but I also work on several energy projects and industrial sites doing various types of projects. I enjoy finding solutions for clients and learning new things.
What is your favorite project you’ve worked on as an engineer?
My favorite project was a comprehensive stormwater project that we worked on at Cranbrook Educational Community. We performed streambank stabilization, developed a best management practices guide for stormwater controls, and designed concepts that the campus could use to reduce flooding.