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Awesome Associates – Kali McNeile, PE, Project Engineer (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
Meet our Awesome Associate Kali McNeile, PE, Structural Project Engineer with our Transportation Engineering division in the Fort Lauderdale, FL office. Kali joined our team 5 years ago. At WGI, we know our success starts with our associates and that’s why we want to share their awesome stories with you.
Hey Kali! Tell us a little bit about where you’re from and where you went to school:
I’m from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. I went to school at the University of Central Florida where I earned my Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Civil Engineering, and Universidad de Cantabria in Santander, Spain where I earned my International Engineering Minor.
Ha ha, that’s awesome! So, what drew you to this profession?
I’ve always loved math and art, so I thought I wanted to be an architect until I took physics my senior year of high school. I had the best teacher who showed me how much fun physics can be, so I decided to pursue Civil Engineering.
What types of projects have you worked on?
I have worked on multiple projects for FDOT, the Turnpike, the City of Fort Lauderdale, and other municipalities. The projects range from major highway widenings to seawall inspections. Since I started my career at WGI in the Transportation Roadway group and switched to Transportation Structures a couple of years ago, I have had the opportunity to learn many aspects of roadway, drainage, and structural engineering.
What’s your get-pumped song?
Pursuit of Happiness by Kid Cudi (Steve Aoki remix). That song always got me through tough study sessions in college. Or anything by Queen.
Right on! So, what do you like to do in your free time?
I love being a mom, so doing anything with my daughter, my husband, and our dog. And watching football. Go Ravens!
What does your ideal vacation look like?
Staying in a cabin on a ranch in the Colorado mountains where there is no cell service, starting the day off with a cup of coffee on the front porch with a view of the horse pasture, and going horseback riding all day.
What was your first job?
I was a tennis court attendant at a country club in high school, where I met one of my best friends!
When I’m creatively stuck, I…
talk it out with someone, take a walk outside, or listen to music.
What would be impossible for you to give up?
Living near water and pizza.
Any interesting facts about yourself that you’d like to share?
I studied abroad in northern Spain with my best friend for 5 months. We traveled all over Europe while we were there and met up with some friends after the semester to backpack around for about a month or so. I also backpacked through 12 European countries with two of my friends for about 3 months between undergrad and grad school. It was such an incredible experience.
Who or what inspires you?
Traveling and sharing experiences with my friends and family inspire me.
Everyone at WGI has a story about why they joined the team. What’s yours?
I was graduating from grad school soon and was contacted by a recruiter for WGI. The job opening was for a roadway position in West Palm Beach, but since I was still living in Orlando, I visited the Orlando office and had my first interview with Nancy Clements. I then had an interview with Keegan Larson at the West Palm Beach office where he introduced me to all of my future colleagues. I was really excited to join the team because there seemed to be a lot of opportunity and potential for growth.
Wow, that’s awesome! Congrats on your continued success at WGI and thanks for sharing your story with us.
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