I am a senior project manager at the Portsmouth, N.H., office of Collins Engineers, Inc. As a civil engineer and diver, I perform underwater and topside inspection, structural analysis, design, repair and rehabilitation of marine piers, wharves and bulkheads, and roadway and pedestrian bridges. I work with all materials including timber, steel, concrete, stone and composites.
Exposure to the home-building industry.
The ability to develop creative solutions to ongoing infrastructure issues and provide significant, measureable benefits to our society.
Limited budgets, hectic scheduling, airports.
Ride a bike, woodworking, read and fix broken things.
Good communication skills and an open mind are essential components of engineering. Work to understand the basics and the more difficult concepts will follow naturally.
Increasing, due to failing infrastructure. There is a significant amount of competition, however successful firms either find a niche or develop a broad spectrum of skill sets.
Instructor in industry-related courses, managing projects of increasing complexity, riding my bike and fixing broken things.