parametrix inspired people blog

Surveyors Week 2022: Lonnie McKnight

3-22-2022

Lonnie is a surveyor based out of Parametrix’s Albuquerque, NM office. He began his career in 2014 and has been with Parametrix for over a year.

What inspired you to become a surveyor? 

I started my career in the Engineering field as a Subsurface Utility Engineering tech but was always intrigued by the company’s surveying group.  I remember watching the surveyors roll into the shop after long days in the field, tired but always in good spirits, and I admired their strong work ethic and overall care for their craft, not to mention I thought the GPS equipment looked cool. I was fortunate to be recruited into their ranks and enjoyed it enough to decide on Surveying as my career. 

What is your favorite part about being a surveyor? 

I grew up in the mountains outside Albuquerque, NM, where hiking, camping, and generally roughing it is... (more)

 

Engineers Week 2022: Meet Sarah Rife

2-25-2022

Since 1951, Engineers Week has inspired the next generation of STEM leaders by increasing understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers. Parametrix has a vested interest in ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce.

This week, the engineers of Parametrix share what inspires them, what they enjoy about engineering, favorite projects, advice, and how they are “reimagining the possible”.

Sarah is an engineer with Parametrix’s Puget Sound Environmental Planning & Compliance team, based in Seattle, WA. She has been with Parametrix for 5 years and has 8 years of industry experience.

What inspired you to become an engineer?

In 4th grade, an environmental engineer cam... (more)

 

Engineers Week 2022: Meet Bailey Griffin

2-24-2022

Since 1951, Engineers Week has inspired the next generation of STEM leaders by increasing understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers. Parametrix has a vested interest in ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce.

This week, the engineers of Parametrix share what inspires them, what they enjoy about engineering, favorite projects, advice, and how they are “reimagining the possible”.

Bailey recently joined Parametrix as an engineer with our Puget Sound Transportation team. She graduated from University of Washington with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in June 2021.

What inspired you to become an engineer?

In my rural hometown, work was something you had to do to get by and pr... (more)

 

Engineers Week 2022: Meet Tom Messana

2-23-2022

Since 1951, Engineers Week has inspired the next generation of STEM leaders by increasing understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers. Parametrix has a vested interest in ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce.

This week, the engineers of Parametrix share what inspires them, what they enjoy about engineering, favorite projects, advice, and how they are “reimagining the possible”.

Tom is a Senior Consultant with Parametrix’s Puget Sound Water team, based in Puyallup, WA. He joined Parametrix in June 2021 and has over 40 years of experience.

What inspired you to become an engineer?

Starting my career in Detroit, working on the board (before CAD… you know pencils and triangles 😊) d... (more)

 

Engineers Week 2022: Meet Dustin Elmore, PE

2-22-2022

Since 1951, Engineers Week has inspired the next generation of STEM leaders by increasing understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers. Parametrix has a vested interest in ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce.

This week, the engineers of Parametrix share what inspires them, what they enjoy about engineering, favorite projects, advice, and how they are “reimagining the possible”.

Dustin is a Senior Engineer based out of Bend, OR. He has been with Parametrix since November 2021 and has 16 years of industry experience.

What inspired you to become an engineer?

Like a lot of engineers, I have always been interested in how things work. As a young kid I would spend hours taking things apart and putting them ... (more)

 

Engineers Week 2022: Meet Doug Berschauer, PE

2-22-2022

Since 1951, Engineers Week has inspired the next generation of STEM leaders by increasing understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers. Parametrix has a vested interest in ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce.

This week, the engineers of Parametrix share what inspires them, what they enjoy about engineering, favorite projects, advice, and how they are “reimagining the possible”.

Doug is a Senior Consultant with Parametrix’s Puget Sound Water team. He has been with Parametrix for over 20 years and has nearly 40 years of industry experience.

What inspired you to become an engineer?

My father, he was a civil engineer and a successful consultant. 

What do you enjoy most about be... (more)

 

Engineers Week 2022: Meet Cindy Clark, PE

2-21-2022

Since 1951, Engineers Week has inspired the next generation of STEM leaders by increasing understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers. Parametrix has a vested interest in ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce.

This week, the engineers of Parametrix share what inspires them, what they enjoy about engineering, favorite projects, advice, and how they are “reimagining the possible”.

Cindy is a Senior Consultant with Parametrix’s Puget Sound Transportation team based in Puyallup, WA. She has been with Parametrix for 24 years.

What inspired you to become an engineer?

My dad was an engineer and I’ve always loved math, science and the ability to understand how things work in the world. As I was finishing high sc... (more)

 

Transit Equity Day 2022

2-04-2022

By Daryl Wendle

February 4 is the birthday of Rosa Parks, whose life will forever link the Civil Rights movement and public transit. Starting with a courageous act of choosing where to sit on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama, she changed the world. Her fight against discrimination and racism has made her an icon in the battle for freedom and equality for all people. 

Many of our transit clients and the communities they serve celebrate February 4 not just for its historic significance to the Civil Rights movement, but as a symbol of the commitment to provide transit service that is fair, accessible, and equal for all persons.

Parametrix shares that commitment to transit equity. We have a long history of projects that improve mobility for Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) communities. Some of these projects include King County Metro’s RapidRide R Line, Sound Transit’s Central Lin... (more)

 

Parametrix Employee-Owners Judge “Future City” Competition

2-03-2022

Parametrix’s Special Award Winners: Future Citizens. Pictured from left to right: Lauralynn Jenkins (Educator), Yuri Mereszczak (Parametrix Employee-Owner & Emcee), and students Robert Augustine, Ethan Smith, Murphy Clouss, and Kenlie Carter.

By Yuri Mereszcak 

The Future City Competition is a national STEM learning experience where 6th, 7th, and 8th grades students imagine, research, design, and build cities of the future that showcase their solution to a citywide sustainability issue. This year’s theme was Waste-Free City, where teams were tasked to use the three principles of a circular economy to design a futuristic, waste-free city. Students begin as early as August, working as a team with an educator and mentor to create their city of the future from scratch. They then present their solutions to ju... (more)

 

Meet the Newest Professional Engineers at Parametrix

1-06-2022

Recently, several employee-owners earned their Professional Engineer (PE) license. They share their experience, what inspires them, and advice for others.

Aleksei Hnastchenko headshot

Aleksei Hnastchenko, PE | Portland, OR

Tell us about your professional background.

I am a graduate of Iowa State University and a Minnesota native. I graduated in 2018 and made my move out to Portland two months after to start at Parametrix. Besides an internship my short career has been with Parametrix entirely. I am looking forward to continuing to develop myself and my career at Parametrix for many years to come.

What inspired you to pursue a career in engineering?more)