Awesome Associates – Kassie Kolander, Senior Graduate Engineer (Houston, TX)

Meet our awesome associate Kassie Kolander, a Senior Graduate Engineer from our Houston, TX office.
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Tell us a little bit about where you’re from and where you went to school:
I grew up in a small town outside Beaumont, TX called China where most of my family lives. It’s a very welcoming town with about 1,100 people. I received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering at Lamar University which is also in Beaumont.

What drew you to this profession?

Growing up, my dad worked on the county’s road & bridge team and I loved joining him on site visits during summers when I was out of school. Early on, I was drawn to the field by my own curiosity about how to improve infrastructure.

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Fortunately, I’ve had the opportunity to work on various projects within different facets of civil engineering, but my focus and passion is in Land Development. I love working on residential projects because I find there’s more freedom to integrate my own creativity in engineering design.

What’s your get-pumped song?

“Shoop” by Salt-N-Pepa.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I love watering my plants, walking my dog Sadie, and cooking & cleaning while listening to audiobooks.

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Have you read any good books lately?

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My favorite book this year is titled “The Mastery of Love” by Don Miguel Ruiz. This book along with Don Miguel Ruiz’s “Four Agreements” is a game-changer and is worth reading several times!

What does your ideal vacation look like?

Vising the Familia De Segrada Church in Barcelona has been on my bucket list for a while. I love the architecture in Spain.

What was your first job?

I was an ice cream scooper at MaggieMoo’s. My favorite ice cream to make was the Udderly Butter Bebopper.

When I’m creatively stuck, I…

Go outside and take a walk. Mindful walking really helps me.

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What would be impossible for you to give up?

Pickles. I love pickles! And really, anything that’s pickled: pickled okra, pickled peppers, pickled quail eggs, etc.

Any interesting facts about yourself that you’d like to share?

I have over 80 thriving plants in my apartment — but don’t ask how many I’ve killed!

Who or what inspires you?

My Family. We’re all so very close, and we support each other no matter what.

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Everyone at WGI has a story about why they joined the team. What’s yours?

I wanted to join a company whose culture aligned with my personality and values. I love working with everyone in our office. We all have our funny quirks, and everyone plays an essential role in making things productive and fun!

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