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ms Q+A: Nathan DeLisle

Maggie Kearns

October 27, 2020

Nathan in 100 Words or Less

I hold dual roles at ms as a Project Manager + Indiana Technical Services Manager. I aid clients in the development of engineered solutions, financial management, and project execution of their utility needs. I simultaneously orchestrate the intellectual resources available to ms to develop high quality, technically-accurate products for our clients. This past July marked my third year at ms. In 2008, I graduated from Texas Tech University with a BS in civil engineering. Wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) design became my career focus because of the variety of complex systems and engineering disciplines it requires.

The Speed Round

What was your first job?

I developed and printed photos at a photo lab.

 

What is one item on your bucket list?

Hike the entire Appalachian Trail, all 2,200 miles!

 

Best concert you’ve been to?

George Strait at the Houston Astrodome

 

Read a good book or watch a good movie?

One Second After by William Forstchen

 

What household chore do you hate the most?

Laundry – it just never ends…

 

Sweet or salty?

Sweet & Salty

 

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

Tinkering in my garage/woodshop/welding shop

 

Listener or talker?

Listener

 

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

Firefighter

 

Favorite TV show?

Hell on Wheels on AMC

 

What is the best dish you can cook?

My mom’s family recipe for pancakes

 

If you could play any musical instrument, what would it be?

The lap steel guitar

 

Night owl or early bird?

Night owl, through and through

Tell Us More

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

How difficult it can be for communities to fund critical infrastructure improvements.

 

What sets ms apart from other engineering & architecture firms?

ms has the largest, most diverse, group of skilled engineers and architects I’ve ever been a part of. I have not yet encountered an issue that could not be solved by someone in the company.

 

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

Summit County Upper Tuscarawas Wastewater Treatment Plant Improvements – This design utilized a dual process full biological nutrient removal treatment facility. Upon completion later this year, it will be one of the most advanced treatment facilities in Ohio.

 

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

Take my two kiddos to the Indianapolis Zoo.

 

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

I enjoy making furniture using hardwoods and metal. I start with kiln dried unfinished wood, nothing laminated, glued, and pressed. I do all the cutting, welding, planning, sanding, staining, and finishing myself. That’s what makes it enjoyable.