Christian is one of the hard working members of our structural team and our soccer team. When the clocks running out and ms needs to score – Christian is the one you want in control of the soccer ball! We asked Christian to tell us a bit more about his life on and off the clock.
CHRISTIAN IN 100 WORDS OR LESS
I’ve done a little bit of everything here at ms. While attending undergrad at Ohio State, I worked as an intern here for over two years, splitting time between the environmental and transportation structures groups. I was officially welcomed to the ms family after receiving my degree, being hired full-time into the transportation group in 2014. Since then, I have worked on a wide array of transportation projects while occasionally helping the building systems division.
THE SPEED ROUND
What was your first job?
I mowed lawns and did yard work for elderly neighbors all through high school.
What is one item on your bucket list?
Travel through Europe by train.
Last album you downloaded?
Weirdest food you’ve ever eaten?
I once ate a hot dog topped with grasshoppers!
Last thing you read?
Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson
Best concert you’ve been to?
Paul McCartney at Bannaroo in 2013
Famous person you’ve met and where?
My family and I ran into Garth Brooks on the sidewalk in New York City.
Favorite TV show?
Game of Thrones or Rick and Morty
Who would play you in a movie?
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
For a long time, I wanted to be an astronaut and go into space.
TELL US MORE
What is the most surprising thing you’ve learned while working at ms?
The scope and scale of ODOT projects was definitely surprising. Road construction is something that impacts us all at one point or another, but few people understand just how many different people and companies have contributed to the job. It is a large undertaking that requires so much collaboration throughout all facets of a project.
What is your favorite way to give back to the community?
I have recently started volunteering for the Mid-Ohio Foodbank. They are an organization that provides food to the members of the Central Ohio community that need it most.
If you weren’t an engineer, what would you be doing?
I would be traveling across the country’s many different landscapes, working as a travel and nature photographer.
Which projects are you most proud to have been a part of, and why?
The project I am most proud to be a part of was the Southern Ohio Veterans Memorial Highway (Portsmouth Bypass). I worked on the design and plan development for two bridges. ms was a part of the team involved in designing the 16-mile, four-lane highway. This long span of roadway necessitated over twenty bridges. Portsmouth Bypass was also my first experience working on a design-build project, which meant many tight deadlines.
You’ve got one day in Columbus. What do you do?
The day would start with some hiking at Highbanks Metro Park, followed by lunch at one of the many great restaurants around Grandview. After taking a breather to recover, our day would end with dinner and drinks in the Short North before heading to see a show at one of the downtown concert venues.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I enjoy staying active in my free time. I enjoy competing in triathlons, and try to stay in decent shape when not preparing for a race. I am a member of a running club in Grandview and am also excited for fall soccer leagues to begin. Music is an additional interest of mine. I enjoy collecting records and am currently learning how to play the keyboard.