Celebrating Engineers Week 2020
Recognizing McGill’s Engineers Across Nine Offices
The 69th Year of Engineers Week
The National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) created Engineers Week in 1951, a celebration that takes place February 16th through the 22nd this year. Engineers week aims to increase the understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers, as well as promote a diverse and knowledgeable future engineering workforce.
Our dedicated and passionate engineers make a difference in communities across the Southeast every day. In their honor, McGill celebrated National Engineers Week 2020 all week long across our nine offices with coffee and breakfast parties. In addition, this week we spoke to a few of our rising stars to learn why they got into the profession and what excites them most about projects. Check out our Q&A with them below!
Michael Whittenburg, PE
Michael Whittenburg, PE, who has progressed from an Engineering Associate to Project Engineer at McGill, values leaving positive impressions on local communities and the world as a whole.
Why did you decide to go into the profession?
“I chose engineering as my profession because I have always wanted to have input into our interactions with the environment rather than sit back and watch,” said Michael. “Being an engineer means that I can make an impact on the environment and ultimately make a difference in our world.”
Natalie Croom, Engineering Associate
Natalie Croom, Engineering Associate, joined McGill last summer. Her favorite part of being a part of a project is working hard to see the result.
What is the most exciting aspect of working on a project?
“What excites me most about a project is being able to see the end product,” said Natalie. “Seeing something that I was a part of making and recognizing all of the intricacies of the final product is extremely satisfying.”
Spenser Meekins, EI
Engineering can be like a puzzle, with engineers having to maneuver each of the pieces to result in a completed image. Spenser Meekins, EI, describes the two aspects that he enjoys most about projects – interconnectedness and collaboration – below.
What is your favorite part about being an engineer?
“What excites me most about a project is the interconnectedness of all the elements that go into a site development project,” said Spenser. “It’s like an intricate 3-D jig-saw puzzle; ensuring that all the required pieces are seamlessly affixed together. The other aspect that excites me about a project, is the collaboration with other professional from preliminary design to construction.”
Inspiring the Future
McGill is proud of all our amazing engineers and hopes that their passion for their will work continue to inspire others to walk down the path to becoming a professional engineer.