I oversee the Capital Project Delivery Section of the City of Austin Public Works Department. My divisions include Project Management, Engineering Services, Construction Inspection and Quality Management. We manage the planning, design, permitting, bidding and construction of most of the city's capital improvements, including roads, bridges, drainage, utilities, treatment plants and buildings such as fire stations and libraries. Our projects range in cost from about $500K to $500M. We apply a disciplined project management approach which focuses on cost, schedule and quality.
Undergrad degree: Civil Engineering
Favorite class in college: Airport Design
College to career: I worked in the Civil Engineering field immediately upon graduation. I started in the private sector, designing and permitting sites and subdivisions for developers. After a stint as a stay ay home mom, I then began working in Project Management for the City of Austin Public Works Department. My degree, and particularly my professional registration as a P.E., have been critical to the success of my career.
Career influences: I started my career in land development, designing and permitting private site and subdivision plans. I then stayed home for a few years with my young children. When I decided to return to work, I went to work as a Project Manager for the City of Austin, rather than returning to the private sector. I knew very quickly that I had found my home, career-wise. I loved the people I worked with, who were passionate and quirky, and I appreciated the driven, results-focused work environment. It was very different than the popular perception of a government agency. I have been with Public Works for 10 years now and have risen through the ranks to Assistant Director.
Cons: My workday never really ends. I have a high level of responsibility in my organization, which makes it difficult to disconnect at the end of a workday. I have to make difficult decisions at times, weighing technical, political, and financial factors, while always keeping the public trust first and foremost in my mind.
Texas Society of Professional Engineers ( Industry Organization )
Professional registration is very important.
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This book will help you communicate and listen effectively.
WTS International ( Industry Organization )
Women's Transportation Seminar provides great networking opportunities.
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