Q: What was your career path after graduation?
A: My career path after graduation unfolded with simplicity. I was recruited by my current firm, Jaros, Baum & Bolles (JB&B) through the Villanova career fair and worked my way up. I started as an entry-level engineer in the HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) department, doing calculations and basic ductwork and piping layouts for commercial buildings, hospitals and laboratories. I was mentored by an associate who guided me in the process of designing the systems from a project’s concept level through to construction documents and into the construction administration phase. Now I am an associate, acting as project manager for many large-scale projects and guiding other entry-level engineers to do the same. I work with architects, engineers, construction managers and owners in the design and construction of a project.
Q: What are you doing now?
A: At JB&B, I have had the privilege of working on a variety of prominent buildings in New York City. Presently, I am working on the design for 30 Hudson Yards, a commercial office building and the largest building of the new Hudson Yards Development on the west side of Manhattan. It has been incredible to be part of a team that has designed an entirely new neighborhood built right on top of an active rail yard.