As part of National Engineers Week, employees from Gannett Fleming’s Baltimore, Md., office participated in “Day with an Engineer,” a high school shadowing program organized by the Society of American Military Engineers Baltimore Post. National Engineers Week is observed annually during the third full week of February to call attention to the contributions to society that engineers make.
The office hosted two high school juniors from Franklin High School in the Baltimore area on Feb. 20, 2013. The day was structured to give them maximum exposure to as many engineering disciplines as possible.
The students first visited the project offices for the Maryland Transit Administration’s (MTA) Purple Line in downtown Baltimore with Josie Boyer, AICP, senior planner and landscape designer, Barb Henry, CADD manager, Steve Hawtof, PE, project manager, and Rod Miller, PE, Highways and Transit project manager. The Purple Line is a $2 billion light rail project that winds through the Maryland suburbs outside of Washington, D.C. The students participated in a coordination meeting and perused the nine-volume preliminary plan set.
Next, staff members took the students to the Red Line program management office. The Red Line is another MTA light rail “mega” project that will run east to west across Baltimore. They met with Will Aasen, PE, Red Line civil manager/deputy chief program engineer, who introduced them to Henry Kay, MTA New Starts transportation projects director.
The students also participated in one-on-one sessions with engineers in various disciplines, including structural, water/wastewater, electrical, and geotechnical engineering. Afterward, the students said that they had a good time and learned a great deal about what engineers do on a daily basis.