The “Little Red Dog” – My Summer Internship in 2011 at BIG RED DOG Engineering

August 7, 2011 by Patrick Byrne

Wow, what an internship I had this summer.  It seems like just yesterday I was calling Brad on my first day to ask if the BIG RED DOG office was behind the Aqualand door (if you haven’t visited the office yet, it’s through the Aqualand door, up the stairs, and in the back left corner of the building).  After I learned that little bit of info, my internship took off for just over 11 solid weeks.  There was never a dull moment with the BIG RED DOG guys, and they always kept me busy.

Being in an office with seven very talented land development professionals, I always had something I was learning.  From how to take care of clients, how to interact with the City, business marketing, business financials, office operations, and of course providing top-notch engineering services, I always had invaluable information around me.    The relationship the Principals of BIG RED DOG have with each other was another great part of the company to witness.  These guys have fun with one another and their profession and it shows in their work.

My day to day work always included many quick jobs and working on a few larger tasks.  Some of the most educational work I did included: collecting due diligence information and preparing due diligence reports, preparing Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) reports, meeting with City Officials and conducting research through the City, helping with some basic drainage calculations, helping design and draw parking lots, and many more.

The BIG RED DOG Principals were great at making sure I was included in as much as possible.  From meetings, to happy hours (where I was dubbed the “Little Red Dog” by some, which I thought was pretty catchy…), to lunches, and even some time to hang out away from the office, these guys always made sure I felt a part of the BIG RED DOG family.

With just less than a year left till I graduate from Purdue University, this internship truly helped prepare me for life after college.  I would like to thank everybody at BIG RED DOG for the opportunity to work with you and most of all your willingness to work with me.



Patrick Byrne

Purdue University – School of Civil Engineering

Written by Patrick Byrne

Patrick Byrne

Patrick Byrne is a shareholder in BIG RED DOG and serves as a Project Manager in our Houston office. Mr. Byrne has been a project engineer on numerous site development projects throughout Houston, Katy, and South Texas. After beginning his career in central Texas, he has quickly become a go-to engineering resource for Houston site developers. His professional experience includes design preparation and permitting of commercial site development plans; including water quality and detention pond design, site investigation reports and due diligence investigations, grading, drainage, and utility plans, subdivision plats and construction documents. Patrick is a proud Purdue Boilermaker, and in fact was on the drum line for the Boiler Band. In his free time, he enjoys supporting the Houston parks systems and running along Buffalo Bayou.