I started my career 13 years ago as a field engineer responsible for construction management activities. I worked on two large projects in the Washington, D.C., Metro area: the 495 Express Lanes and the first phase of the Metro Silver Line.
After a couple of years in the field, I decided to dive into engineering design. I was interested in applying my construction field knowledge and ended up working as a transportation engineer doing roadway, highway, and drainage design.
I only worked on design-build jobs during my construction and transportation engineering years. While I thoroughly enjoyed both positions, I was always interested in learning more about the transportation field; I was curious about the process and phases prior to projects being selected.
I then went back to school part-time to pursue my graduate degree at George Mason University while working as a transportation engineer. I took night classes that exposed me to transportation policy issues, transportation asset management, transportation planning, and other coursework that was part of my degree.