WGI is entering the second year of our second five-year design support continuing services contract with the FDOT and Motor Carrier Size and Weight (MCSAW). This marks seven continuous years that WGI has provided design services to support the MCSAW objective of preserving Florida’s highway infrastructure.
Awesome Associates – Rick Joseph, Engineer Intern (West Palm Beach, FL)
Tell us a little bit about where you’re from and where you went to school:
I’m a Florida boy. I was born in Boynton Beach and grew up in Lake Worth. I went to Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton and graduated in the fall semester of 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. GO OWLS!
What drew you to this profession?
I had some awesome high school science and math teachers that helped me realize I could achieve anything I put my mind to, and video games like Sim City sparked my interest in project management, design, and construction. Later I learned about the wide range of career opportunities available with a degree in civil engineering and decided to go to school for it.
What types of projects have you worked on?
I’ve worked on major/minor roadway facilities projects for the Florida Department of Transportation, Palm Beach County, City of West Palm Beach, and other municipalities.
What’s your get-pumped song?
“Losing It” – by Fisher.
What do you like to do in your free time?
I like to go on dinner dates and fire up the grill or get the smoker going for some food fun and friends.
Have you read any good books lately?
“The Lady of the Lake” – by Andrzej Sapkowski.
What does your ideal vacation look like?
A little activity, a little relaxation, a lot of fun anywhere outside of Florida.
What was your first job?
I was a dishwasher for two weeks at a small mom and pop café called Rita’s Bagels.
When I’m creatively stuck, I…
Jam out to a shuffled playlist of hip hop, house/techno, and reggaeton.
What would be impossible for you to give up?
Hope and french fries.
Any interesting facts about yourself that you’d like to share?
I used to rap battle other students during lunch in high school.
Who or what inspires you?
Music, selfless acts, and true stories of people overcoming adversity.
Everyone at WGI has a story about why they joined the team. What’s yours?
I had the best interview I ever had with a guy named Keegan Larson, and the rest is history.
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