David in 100 Words or Less
I am a Project Engineer with the ms Transportation (Roadway) Group. I have been working for ms since June 2002, 13 years in the Pittsburgh office and 3 years in the Raleigh office. I am a 1995 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering and a Professional Engineer in North Carolina and Pennsylvania. I am responsible for the design and plan preparation of both highway and traffic engineering projects. I grew up in Pittsburgh, PA, and moved to Raleigh, NC, in 2015. I have been married for 21 years and have three children, ages 17, 14 & 10.
The Speed Round
What was your first job?
Mowing lawns when I was 10 years old
What is the next place you would like to travel to?
Western U.S. – Pacific Coast
Yes, I have a dog. Great Pyrenees
If you could have a cup of coffee with anyone, who would it be?
I don’t drink coffee, so how about a beer? Richard Winters – Commander of Easy Company, 101st Airborne – (Band of Brothers)
Early bird or night owl?
Last thing you read?
The Long Road Home (A Story of War and Family) by Martha Raddatz
Best concert you’ve been to?
Monsters of Rock (Disturbed, Metallica, Guns & Roses) – Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, PA
Biggest pet peeve?
When someone talks over you during a conversation
Best food you’ve ever eaten?
Carmel pretzel milkshake from Burgatory in Robinson Township, PA.
Favorite TV show?
Sons of Anarchy or Rescue Me
If there was a holiday in your honor what would it celebrate?
If you could live one day over again, which would you pick?
The days each one of my kids were born
Tell Us More
What is the best career advice you have ever received?
It came from Greg Fusetti (ms project manager): “Don’t be scared!”
Which project are you most proud to have been a part of, and why?
Bentleyville Interchange Project. I was fortunate to be the Roadway Project Engineer on this $75 million dollar interchange project. What separated this project out from the other big projects that I have worked on in the past was the level of determination and the exceptional hard work of the project team.
This project needed to be completed on an extremely tight deadline and the client added in a half interchange design after the 75% submission and still held ms to the same deadline for project completion. We also experienced the usual roadway design changes and questions throughout the life of the project. Even though we experienced all these problems, not once did the design team blink. Whatever problems we encountered, we found a way to overcome them.
The team worked countless hours of overtime – we did whatever it took to make sure the project was successful. The team’s personal sacrifice, dedication, and hard work made the project a success. I was truly proud to be working with such a group of highly motivated and dedicated employees. Thanks, guys!!
If you weren’t an engineer, what would you be doing?
Construction with my brothers
What would you go back and tell your 22 year old self?
Take some time off and enjoy life, because it goes by way too fast!
You’ve got one day in Raleigh. What do you do?
Drive two hours east and go to the beach
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Spending time with my family, home improvements, coaching my son’s soccer team, and working out.
Any final words?
I am from Pittsburgh. So…Here we go, Steelers! And of course …Let’s go Pens!!