“When it comes to transportation improvements, it’s all about the user experience. You have to be cognizant of how your work will impact the public.”
Logical, mathematically inclined, and analytical. These are some words that might come to mind when one thinks of an engineer. But for Nelson Mora, you’d have to include: artistic, personable, and empathetic, too. The University of Florida graduate started his career at Gannett Fleming 12 years ago in roadway design. Since then, he’s shifted toward transportation planning and now oversees all staff, pursuits, and project delivery related to planning projects in Florida.
“The engineering curriculum doesn’t teach you people skills,” Nelson added. But he knows that relating to people by communicating effectively is one of the most important aspects of his job. “I try to humanize our transportation projects through thoughtful verbal and visual communication and plenty of listening.”
We asked Nelson a few questions to get to know him: