Tell us what/where is your favorite place to draw inspiration … Very old buildings are next to works of art for me. The fact that castles, churches, etc. from hundreds of years ago are still in the structural condition that they are in is amazing to me, and that is what I strive for. I want people hundreds of years from now to look at a building that I’ve been part of the team for and think the same thing.
Tell us what made you decide on your career path … As a kid I always enjoyed building things. LEGOs were my favorite toys and it was always the most fun to see what kind of structures I could build and what it took to get them to stay standing. That childhood enjoyment combined with a strong interest in math and physics in school naturally lead to the pursuit of a degree and career in Civil/Structural Engineering.
Tell us about your favorite project that you have worked on … I was the owner’s representative for the implosion of Higgins Hall, a 20-story residence hall, at Western Illinois University. The project included a large community outreach program and required the involvement and coordination of various university groups, local law enforcement, local emergency services, the demolition and implosion contractors, and our consulting design firm. It took a lot of hard work and dedication to make everything go smoothly, but watching the building come down with no problems made it more than worth it in the end.