Ryan joined EEA in 2013, after graduating from the University of Illinois at Champaign with a degree in Civil Engineering. In July, Ryan successfully completed The Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) exam, earning the designation of Licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Illinois.
What inspired you to choose civil engineering as a career path?
In school I enjoyed challenging myself to view the concepts I studied from a big picture perspective and a multitude of angles. Later, when I discovered a career in civil engineering could offer me continued learning, a variety of new experiences, and an opportunity to work alongside individuals with a range of perspectives, backgrounds, motivations, and expertise, I decided to pursue a degree in the field.
What is your role at EEA?
My role requires constant communication and teamwork. I perform a number of different tasks that combine my communication skills with my engineering and computation expertise. I regularly collaborate with team members and design team partners to guide projects from start to finish.
What is your favorite part of working for EEA?
The camaraderie amongst our EEA team and with our clients is my favorite part of working at EEA. As I continue to grow personally and professionally as an engineer, I increasingly appreciate our firm’s open-door structure and core values of teamwork and quality service.
The most rewarding part of your job?
Providing a service that is meaningful and essential to the community is incredibly rewarding. I find being part of a project that serves the greater good or needs of the community fulfilling.
What is your favorite EEA project to date?
The projects at Harper College. The large number of ongoing projects with diverse scopes of services mean there is never a dull moment. The work is interesting, engaging, and we appreciate the continued relationship with the college.
Outside the office, you can find Ryan playing basketball and attending local concerts.