Engineers Week 2018: Our Inspiration at BIG RED DOG (VIDEO)

February 21, 2018 by Kelly Daacon

February 18-24 is Engineers Week 2018!

Engineers Week (also known as E-Week) is a time to celebrate how engineers make a difference in our world and to increase public dialogue about the need for engineers. In that spirit, we spoke with four of our engineers to see what inspired them to study engineering and what continues to inspire them today.

Check out the video:

Here’s a preview of what inspires us:

Joelle McCormack on why young people should study engineering and her love for a challenge: “Who’s going to solve the world’s problems of the future? The people who are young today. So I think it’s a great field to go into. I love to challenge myself… I love to figure out things that other people can’t figure out. That’s definitely what keeps me inspired and keeps me going.”

Esteban Gonzalez on his first memory of engineering and his inspiration: “My first memory of engineering would be when I went onto a jobsite with my dad – he is also a civil engineer. Being on site with him building roads was definitely a cool thing to experience. I stay inspired by by the people that I work with. If you’re surrounded by people that know what they’re doing, it makes you push harder and try harder to become the better version of yourself.”

Matthew Johnson on his inspiration: “Being able to see things go from concept to finished product in real life is what inspired me to engineering. The world is always changing and our industry is always changing. Chasing after knowledge is what keeps me going.”

Amanda Saldivar on what keeps her inspired: “My family keeps me inspired. My brother and sister along with me are all engineers. We’re involved in all aspects of engineering, including structural, civil, and MEP, but they inspire me every day. Also something that inspires me – I’m able to see my projects come alive around the city and be able to point at it and say that this is the hard work that I put into it.”

Thanks to all of the engineers who continue to make a difference in our world!

Written by Kelly Daacon

Kelly Daacon

Kelly Daacon, P.E. is the Marketing Director for BIG RED DOG, responsible for marketing, branding, design, content, and digital media initiatives for the firm. Kelly graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Texas. In his spare time, he enjoys running at Lady Bird Lake and hanging with his crazy dog Shiner. Kelly and his wife live in east Austin.