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ms Q+A: Jeffrey Kepich, P.E.

Maggie Kearns Francis

July 25, 2017

Jeffrey is the guy you need to seek out when in search of a well-designed bridge or a great meal, either way you won’t be disappointed! When he’s not at ms, Jeffrey loves to cook and has some great local Raleigh recommendations. We asked Jeffrey to tell us a bit more about his life on and off the clock. 


I joined ms in the summer of 2013 as a bridge engineer. I obtained a BS degree in Civil Engineering from Penn State University and am a licensed Professional Engineering in the state of North Carolina. I am originally from northeast Pennsylvania but have also lived in the Hershey/Harrisburg area and now reside in Raleigh, North Carolina. I married my wonderful wife Erin nearly 3 years ago and recently became a proud father.


What was your first job?


What is one item on your bucket list?
Eat my way through Europe.


Who is your hero?
Anyone who leaves the world a better place.


Favorite food?
Anything home cooked.


Last thing you read?
The Food Lab by Kenji Lopez-Alt


Best concert you’ve been to?
The Lumineers; a perfect evening at a great location.


Best vacation location/activity?
Maui, HI / Snorkeling & hiking


Famous person you’ve met and where?
Jerry Seinfeld, at a movie theater private showing.


Biggest pet peeve?
Drivers using shoulders as turn lanes at intersections.


Last TV show you watched?
Better Call Saul


If you could live one day over again, which would you pick?
My best days are yet to come.


What sets ms apart from other engineering & architecture firms?
Feeling like you are part of a family and the respect shown to all employees. This is not something I take for granted, as it is hard to find in the workplace today.


What is the most surprising thing you’ve learned while working at ms?
How much fun one could have traveling around Portsmouth, Ohio in a shuttle bus during the winter.


Which project are you most proud to have been a part of, and why?
The Southern Ohio Veterans Memorial Highway (Portsmouth Bypass). This project had a tight schedule with challenging problems, requiring unique solutions. Although it led to some stressful, late nights at the office, it was rewarding when everything came together.


If you weren’t an engineer, what would you be doing?
I would own my own restaurant/food truck. I cook to relax and have always enjoyed being able to visit other cultures, countries, and regions through their cuisine.


What would you go back and tell your 22 year old self?
Relax! Your problems aren’t as important as you think. Enjoy every moment and when you get to Hawaii… don’t leave!


You’ve got one day in Raleigh. What do you do?
Morning: Breakfast at Angie’s restaurant.
Afternoon: A picnic lunch with my family at Pullen Park ending with a ride on the carousel.
Evening: Wander around downtown eating dinner at Second Empire ending with a visit to Videri Chocolate Factory and maybe a late night visit to Boxcar Bar + Arcade.


What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Spending time with my family and cooking.