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Intern Spotlight: Pamela Mugisha

9-14-2021

We're pleased to welcome Pamela Mugisha as an intern with our Puget Sound Water group! We asked her a few questions about her background, career, and goals.

Education: I got my bachelor’s degree in Agricultural engineering from Makerere University, Uganda. Then I got my Master’s degree in Hydroscience and engineering from Technical University Dresden in the Saxony state of Germany. Currently I am pursuing a PhD in Environmental engineering at Texas A&M in Kingsville, Texas.

Where did you grow up? I grew up in the capital of Uganda, Kampala. But my Village is Kisoro located at the South-West border of Uganda and Rwanda.

Why did you choose Parametrix for your internship? I chose an internship at Parametrix because I have learned quite a bit in school and would like to use my knowledge to make real-life impact and decisions in a ... (more)

 

Spotlight on Transit: Alicia McIntire

9-09-2021

Transit systems improve livability, provide affordable mobility, manage congestion, and lower energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. From initial system planning and securing environmental approvals, through design and assistance with operations, Parametrix partners with agencies on all types of transit systems—commuter rail, light rail, heavy rail, bus rapid transit, streetcar, and ferry systems.

In this series, we’ll feature some of the employee-owners at Parametrix who are shaping our transit systems. Today, meet Alicia McIntire. Alicia is a Senior Planner based out of Seattle, WA. She has 25 years of experience in transit, including transit system planning and multimodal, pedestrian, and bicycle plans.

How did you become interested in transit and transportation?

I have loved transit ever since I ... (more)

 

Spotlight on Transit: Joel Theodore, PE

9-07-2021

Transit systems improve livability, provide affordable mobility, manage congestion, and lower energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. From initial system planning and securing environmental approvals, through design and assistance with operations, Parametrix partners with agencies on all types of transit systems—commuter rail, light rail, heavy rail, bus rapid transit, streetcar, and ferry systems.

In this series, we’ll feature some of the employee-owners at Parametrix who are shaping our transit systems. Today, meet Joel Theodore, PE. Joel is a Senior Consultant based out of Seattle, WA. He has over 20 years of experience and has been with Parametrix for over 3 years. He provides design, project management, and project controls services for major transportation projects with a specialization in transit.

How did you beco... (more)

 

Spotlight on Transit: Darby Watson, AICP

8-27-2021

Transit systems improve livability, provide affordable mobility, manage congestion, and lower energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. From initial system planning and securing environmental approvals, through design and assistance with operations, Parametrix partners with agencies on all types of transit systems—commuter rail, light rail, heavy rail, bus rapid transit, streetcar, and ferry systems.

In this series, we’ll feature some of the employee-owners at Parametrix who are shaping our transit systems. Today, meet Darby Watson, AICP. Darby leads our Puget Sound Transportation and Community Building divisions as Vice President. She has been with Parametrix for two years and has a total of 25 years of industry experience.

How did you get interested in transit and transportation?

I actually started out... (more)

 

Meet Our Summer 2021 Interns

7-20-2021

This year we are pleased to welcome nine interns to Parametrix for an immersive and educational experience. We asked each of them to share a little about themselves, their goals, and why they chose Parametrix for their internship. Read their responses below!

Matthew Hagen

Matthew Hagen | Bremerton, WA | Transportation

Education: George Fox University, 2022, Civil Engineering

Hometown: Gig Harbor, WA

Why Parametrix? I interned with the Washington State Department of Transportation last summer and worked on a project where Parametrix was the consultant. I developed a great relationship with some of the employees at Parametrix to where it now led into an internship ... (more)

 

Meet New Professional Engineer, Tom Jordan

7-06-2021

Tom Jordan from our Spokane, WA office recently earned his Professional Engineer’s (PE) license, a major career milestone. He shares what inspired him to pursue a career in civil engineering, projects he’s working on, career goals, and his advice for others working toward their PE license.

Tell us about your professional background.

I graduated from Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and started at Taylor Engineering in 2014, a couple years before we became Parametrix. I worked as a construction inspector for the Spokane International Airport’s Taxiway Reconfiguration Project.

I’ve had the awesome experience of being able to work on a lot of different types of projects since then. Some of the bigger projects I’ve been a part of include the Northern Quest Casino Expansion, Rowan Avenue Rehabilitation, Fort Lewis ... (more)

 

Employee-Owners Play a Role in Central Oregon Veteran’s Village

6-30-2021

Just a few miles from Parametrix’s Bend, OR office there is a village of small homes coming together that will provide transitional housing for veterans experiencing homelessness. Employee-owners got involved in this project during the summer of 2020, providing both pro bono and donated services.

Two rows of homes in a semi-circle with a larger community center and parking lot

Aerial view of village layout

The Bend Heroes Foundation is leading the “Central Oregon Veteran’s Village” project, which is being built on county-owned land. This is a first of its kind project for Central Oregon. The facility will include a total of 15 individual housing units and a community center. The shelters are equipped with a bed, sink, toilet, sitting area, and heater. In addition, t... (more)

 

New Professional Engineers: Inspiration, Career Goals, and Advice

6-17-2021

Congratulations to the following employee-owners who recently earned their Professional Engineer’s (PE) license, a major career milestone. Clara Dubow, Kendra Ely, Armando Mendoza, Will Smythe, and Tyler Van Meter share what inspired them to pursue a career in civil engineering, projects they’re working on, career goals, and advice for others working toward their PE license.

 

Clara Dubow | Puyallup, WA

Clara with a dog kneeling in front of a waterfall

Clara earned her degree in Civil Engineering with a focus in transportation and structures at Georgia Tech at the end of 2013 . She went straight into the transportation field and started on highway and ramp designs. She has graduall... (more)

 

Risk & Resilience and Emergency Response Requirements for Water Utilities: What does this mean for you?

6-15-2021

The United States Environmental Protection Agency has announced that community water systems that serve more than 3,300 people are required to complete a risk and resilience assessment and develop an emergency response plan by June 30, 2021. (This is according to Section 2013 of America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018.) Are you prepared?

What is a Risk and Resilience Assessment?

According to the EPA, risk and resilience assessments “evaluate the vulnerabilities, threats and consequences from potential hazards.” These must be reviewed every five years and resubmitted to the EPA. They include elements such as natural hazards and malevolent acts; resilience of water source treatment, and distribution system infrastructure; monitoring practices; security and resilience of financial, electron... (more)

 

American Wetlands Month: Learn More from the Wetland Scientists of Parametrix

5-26-2021

May is American Wetlands Month, a time when we celebrate and recognize the importance of wetlands. Not only do wetlands help improve water quality and supply while reducing flooding, they also provide critical habitat for plants, fish and wildlife.

Learn more about wetlands from a few of the wetland scientists of Parametrix: Kaylee Moser, Josh Wozniak, and Taya MacLean.

What do wetlands scientists do?

Josh: Wetland scientists look at plants, soils, and groundwater to understand the legal limits of wetlands; study features such as topography and outlet features to estimate wetland functions, and work with design teams to develop sustainable infrastructure that meets project needs, preserves wetland functions, and complies with local, state and federal regulations!

Tell us about the history of wetlands in the United States.

Kaylee: Wetlands we... (more)