Engineers Week: Alondra Gonzalez
What inspired you to become an engineer?
I always knew that I wanted to do something impactful that would help improve people’s lives. When I first learned that engineering has the ability to do just that, I thought it was a perfect fit for me. It combines my knowledge of math and science with my passion for helping people.
What is your favorite thing about being an engineer?
One of my favorite things about being an engineer is seeing a project that I’ve put so much time and thought into become a reality. It’s great when you see it being put to use and is functioning well and as intended.
What do you like most about your job?
I like that I have the opportunity to observe not only traffic patterns, but people’s behaviors as they navigate the road and the structures around them. Using these observations, I get to learn and come up with ways in which we can improve people’s commutes which can improve their everyday lives.
Why did you choose civil/traffic engineering?
When I was introduced to Civil Engineering through Girls Who Code I knew I would enjoy it because it combined math and science with my interests in sustainability, technology, and sociology.
What is your favorite project you’ve worked on?
I have enjoyed working with Arlington Heights School District 25 on the expansions of six of their elementary schools. Each school has varying needs, so it has been interesting to apply different traffic and parking designs to each of the schools to create functional systems.