Engineers Week 2019 - Chris Parizek

Where are you from? Iowa City, Iowa

Where did you go to school? Iowa State University for Animal Ecology and the University of Iowa for Civil Engineering

What office are you based out of? Rock Island, Illinois

Which area of engineering do you practice? Municipal Engineering with a focus on water

What does “engineering” mean to you? Problem solving. Examining the needs and developing a solution.

Why did you choose the engineering field? While working in the Ecology field, I was exposed to building terraces, ponds, and dams.  I wanted to be able to be the Professional Engineer that stamped the plans so I went back to school for my engineering degree.

What is your favorite project that you’ve worked on? In Henry County Iowa, I had the opportunity to work on an integrated planning project for a farm that raised Dexter Cows. Dexter Cows are of Irish decent and are the smallest bovines.  I love Dexter Cows.  The integrated planning project involved examining water sources and pipelines, grazing and nutrient management as well as pest management and cropping plans.  

A piece of advice you would have for those considering engineering as a profession? Find your passion and go for it. If you’re passionate you will enjoy it.

Fun fact: I played the violin for 12 years.