Staff Spotlight: Steve Lee

July 13, 2015 by Will Schnier P.E.

This edition of our staff spotlight series introduces us to Steve Lee, a civil engineer who joined our team in 2015. At BIG RED DOG, we like to put the spotlight on our team members that make our organization entrepreneurial, creative, and leaders in our markets.

Learn more below about Steve below!

Steve LeeWhere are you originally from?

I was born and raised in Hong Kong and moved to San Antonio when I was 13.

Tell us something really interesting about you.

I do a lot of random things at random moments.

Everyone at BIG RED DOG has a story about why they joined the team. What’s yours?

The company name “BIG RED DOG” caught my attention. After my interview, I found the company’s culture to be very interesting.  It is different than the companies I used to work for with fresh mindset.

What drew you to the engineering field? 

I’ve enjoyed drafting and designing since I was young and I’m pretty good at Math so I chose to use my talents in the engineering field.

What was your first job? 

Working as a Dim Sum Boy at my uncle’s restaurant in San Antonio. #startedfromthebottomandnowimhere

Who or what inspires you? 

My wife inspires me in both my career and my personal life.

Where’s your favorite place to eat in Austin?  

Hopdoddy Burger Bar (Austin)

Wok Inn (San Antonio)

Oishii & Jinya Ramen (Houston)

What do you like to do in your free time? 

I like to play videogames, basketball, bowling, do puzzles, and work on my car.

What’s your favorite news source?


Do you have any pets?   

I have one dog

Describe your ideal vacation. 

 A spontaneous and adventurous place that I did not do any prior research on.

What would be impossible for you to give up?

My cell phone with data plan

Who is your favorite sports team?

The San Antonio SPURS

Written by Will Schnier P.E.

Will Schnier P.E.

Will Schnier is the Chief Executive Officer of BIG RED DOG Engineering | Consulting. Will received his BSCE from Purdue University and co-founded BIG RED DOG Engineering and Consulting in 2009. Since starting the firm in 2009, BIG RED DOG has grown to over 100 team members with offices in Austin, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio. BIG RED DOG has garnered awards for being one of the 50 fastest growing companies in Texas (Business Journal’s Fast 50 in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015) and an ENR top 100 Design Firm in Texas and Louisiana (2012, 2103, 2014, 2015). Mr. Schnier is very well versed in the project review and development permitting process having worked closely and very successfully with City and County review staff, neighborhood associations, environmental groups, and public boards and councils. He has been responsible for the project management, engineering design, and regulatory permitting of hundreds of single family subdivision projects, mixed use and multifamily residential developments, industrial facilities and oil and gas development projects throughout Texas. He is the author of two publications: “Land Subdivision – A Practical Guide for Central Texas” and “The Book on License Agreements in the City of Austin”. Will was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Real Estate Council of Austin (RECA) in 2014 and served as Mayor Lee Leffingwell’s appointment to the City of Austin Zoning Board of Adjustment from 2011 to 2015.