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ms Q+A: Allan McDaniel

Maggie Kearns Francis

December 28, 2020

Allan in 100 Words or Less

I’ve been at ms for a little over two years as a Bridge Engineer on the Columbus transportation team. I started out as a Roadway Engineer but moved to bridges to help with workload and never looked back. I graduated from Ohio Northern University with a Civil Engineering degree and am currently pursuing my professional engineering licensure.

The Speed Round

What was your first job?

A paper boy for my small village


What is one item on your bucket list?

Visit the U.K. and see Manchester City play a home game


Best concert you’ve been to?

Andrew Belle at the Rumba Cafe


If you had an extra hour of time in each day, how would you use it?

Work on (or start) the many home projects I want to do


Spring, summer, winter, or fall?

Spring – fall would be great if winter didn’t follow


Last book you read?

The Color of Water by James McBride


Night owl or early bird?

I used to be a night owl until I got an energetic border collie 4 years ago…


If you could have a cup of coffee with anyone, who would it be and why? 

Carl Sagan – I’ve always been fascinated with astrophysics since watching Cosmos when I was younger


Listener or talker?



What household chore do you hate the most?

I know this is a popular one: laundry


As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

First it was an astronaut (very original), then it was a meteorologist


Farthest you’ve traveled from home?


Tell Us More

What is the most surprising thing you’ve learned while working at ms?

The nature of huge transportation infrastructure projects and how long and involved projects can be. I’m working on projects that were started when I was in middle school.


What sets ms apart from other engineering & architecture firms?

The people are fantastic. I can always find someone who has an answer to any question – technical or not – and is willing to help.


What project are you most proud to have been a part of, and why?

I’m most excited to see the SUM-8 project to completion and can’t wait to visit during construction. I started my work at ms by jumping right into a stage two submission and got to know the ins and outs of the project over the last few years. It will be really cool to see the project go from plans to construction.


You’ve got one day in Columbus. What do you do?

Breakfast at Katalina’s, hike at the Scioto Audubon Metro Park, lunch at North Market, hop around the Short North, and then end with dinner at Forno Kitchen.


Any final words?

Just keep livin’