Engineers Week 2019 - Libby Patton

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Where are you from? Des Moines, Iowa

Where did you go to school? University of Missouri (Civil/Environmental Engineering)

What office are you based out of? West Des Moines, Iowa

Which area of engineering do you practice? Environmental Engineering

What does “engineering” mean to you? Problem solving. Finding the most efficient and appropriate solution.

Why did you choose the engineering field? I started as a math major.  I realized that I didn’t want to be a teacher so, enjoying math and physics, I decided I would pursue engineering. 

What is your favorite project that you’ve worked on? I have two.  The Keokuk Wastewater Treatment Facility.  It was a big project.  It had a lots of older components and things were changing.  It was fun to deal with the changes and the client was as really good to deal with.  The other project is the Roland Wastewater Treatment Facility.  It was the first large project that I was solely responsible for.     

A piece of advice you would have for those considering engineering as a profession? Try it, you won’t regret it even if you change course.

Fun fact: I’m expecting my third child this summer. This baby will join Mabel, age 3 ½ , and Ann, age 1 ½.