Gil in 100 Words or Less
Gil Robinson is a graduate water resources engineer at ms Columbus and regularly performs hydrologic and hydraulic analyses, best management practice assessments, and design work for the company. Before joining ms in March of 2022, Gil attended Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio, where he played trumpet in the marching band for two years before marching as a drum major for another two years. Gil is originally from Freeport, Bahamas, and loves seafood, watching sports, and listening to music.
The Speed Round
What’s the next country you want to travel to?
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
For most of my childhood, I wanted to be an architect.
What was the last thing you watched on TV?
If you had one last meal to eat, what would you choose?
Rice and peas, fried snapper, cracked conch, coleslaw, and baked macaroni.
Famous person you’ve met and where?
John Travolta in Freeport, Bahamas.
If you had an extra hour of time each day, how would you use it?
Definitely catching up on some sleep.
What is a hobby you always wanted to pick up but never did?
Tell Us More
What sets ms apart from other engineering & architecture firms?
What sets ms apart is the close teamwork and comradery of everyone and the family aspect of the company. Since joining the ms family last year as an entry-level engineer, it has been wonderful not only being able to work alongside all of my coworkers and learn from them but also being able to bond and engage with them at the different company events.
Which project are you most proud to have been a part of, and why?
Although it’s still an ongoing project right now, I would say I’m most proud to have been a part of the Cosgray Roadway Extension project. This was the first project I worked on when I joined last year, where I got my feet wet in the industry and learned a lot of the basic standards and procedures.
If you weren’t an engineer, what would you be doing?
If I weren’t an engineer, I probably would’ve been a professional musician or a pastry chef. My reasoning behind being a musician is that I’ve been playing trumpet since the age of seven, and I’ve always had a goal of having my own marching and jazz band.
As far as the pastry chef aspirations, as a child with a sweet tooth, my mom taught me how to bake so I would stop nagging her for treats. I actually had a little bakery business while growing up back home in the Bahamas, and I had this carrot cake recipe that got me a lot of business during the winter holidays.
What is the best career advice you have ever received?
The best career advice I’ve received was from a former professor of mine, which was “always continue to perfect your craft and work towards your goals.”
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
In my free time, I enjoy listening to music, playing my trumpet, and watching sports and TV shows.