Did you think you’d end up in a job like you’re in now?
I never imagined that I’d end up where I am today. I love looking through the completed construction photos of a project I helped design. I’m always amazed to see the improvements we’ve made to our local communities.
When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a scientist. I had this very specific image of wearing a lab coat and mixing colored chemicals between beakers. I’m not sure what this hypothetical scientist role did, but at that time I also couldn’t conceive of the complexity behind designing and building roads.
What do you do?
I’m a roadway design engineer. I apply our understanding of soils, material sciences, and traffic to geometric roadway design. Ultimately, I help to produce the set of plans that go to construction.
What gets you excited about coming to work every day?
I look forward to seeing my coworkers every day. We have a very strong team that I’m proud to be a part of in the McHenry office.
What do you wish people knew about HR Green?
HR Green has an incredible work-life balance. Having a healthy life outside of work is an important contribution to the success of our projects.
Why is Building Communities Improving Lives important?
Our company’s mission is important because it describes why we come into work every day. I grew up and currently live in the area where HR Green provides services. Supporting the growth and improvement of our communities is directly tied to the growth and improvement of our own families.
What qualities do you think a future HR Green engineer should have?
A future HR Green engineer should be adaptable. Our technology is constantly advancing and the materials we use in our designs are evolving. This requires an engineer to frequently reevaluate their own best practices.
If you were a fortune reader, what would you predict as the future of your industry?
In the very near future we will be producing less physical plans and will simply be creating electronic roadway models. The contractor will take the model and a set of standards and build off of that.
What advice do you have for someone who wants to follow in your footsteps?
Don’t follow in my footsteps, but make your own path. My success has come from giving my best effort at all times and most importantly being supported by caring and hardworking people.
What do you for fun?
I enjoy building furniture for my house. While it doesn’t look quite as polished as the pieces you might buy from a store, I have great pride in knowing that I built it myself.