WGI is celebrating the engineering profession with our PE’s and aspiring PE’s around the nation for the fourth annual Professional Engineers Day!
Awesome Associates – Maria Ballester, Engineer Intern (Miami, FL)
Tell us a little bit about where you’re from and where you went to school:
I was born in Valencia, Spain and I moved to the U.S when I was six years old. I learned English at a very early age which provided a big advantage. I attended high school and college in Miami, where I acquired a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering at Florida International University.
What types of projects have you worked on?
Since I started as an intern at WGI I have been able to work on many different projects and multiple aspects within these projects. Since I became full-time at WGI I have also been able to get fully involved in various different projects such as RRR (Resurfacing, Restoration, Rehabilitation) projects.
What do you like to do in your free time?
I love spending time with my family and working out.
Have you read any good books lately?
The Alchemist. I had it pending for a while.
What does your ideal vacation look like?
Something in the wilderness, where I can disconnect my phone and enjoy the company I’m with.
What was your first job?
I walked dogs around my neighborhood for one summer.
When I’m creatively stuck, I…
Try to do something that involves physical activity to loosen up my thought process.
What would be impossible for you to give up?
I once fed wild stingrays!
Who or what inspires you?
My dad inspires me. He has always worked very hard for everything he has achieved.
Everyone at WGI has a story about why they joined the team. What’s yours?
I met the WGI team through a career fair and I was immediately hooked on the environment and attitude they presented. When they offered me an internship position, it was an easy decision.
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