March is Women’s History Month. We asked the women of Parametrix – who inspires you and what advice would you give to other women in the industry? Today we introduce you to Sarah Touey, PE.
Sarah is a Senior Transportation Engineer based out of Parametrix’s Portland office. She has 13 years of industry experience and is currently serving as Deputy Project Manager for TriMet’s MAX Red Line Extension project.
What sparked your interest in the engineering field?
Countries across the world don’t have access to some of the things that we in the U.S. take for granted on a daily basis. Clean water, electricity, solid infrastructure, paved roads, etc. I would like to deliver projects that achieve those luxuries that we all too often take for granted.
Are there any women who have inspired you in your career, and how so?
My daughter. As a single teen mom, I wanted to show her that no matter what your circumstances are, you have the opportunity to rise above your current situation to change the world for the better, no matter how great or small in scale. Engineering allows us to influence the way we leave the world for the next generation.
Any advice you would like to give women in your field?
Be yourself. Let people hear your voice and never be afraid to leave your mark on the world. If you don’t like something, be an active part of the solution.