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ms Q+A: Torrey Burkes

Maggie Kearns Francis

October 19, 2017

Torrey is the guy you need to find when you’d like to kick back and enjoy the great outdoors. Whether you want to hunt, fish, kayak, hike, or camp, Torrey is sure to know the best spots. We asked Torrey to tell us a bit more about his life.


I’ve been working as a structural engineer for ms since May of 2014 after receiving my degree in civil engineering from Youngstown State University. Since starting my career at ms, I’ve gained experience in both bridge and building structure design and inspection. When I’m away from the office, I spend most of my time outdoors – hunting, fishing, camping, and kayaking. I’ve also recently taken an interest in home remodeling.


What was your first job?
Sub Engineer at Quiznos


What is the next item to be crossed off your bucket list?
Visit Redwood National Park


Cook in or eat out?
Actually, a cook out – I love barbeques


Famous person you’ve met and where?
Randy Couture at the Arnold Classic in Columbus


Favorite food?
Burgers from Burgatory


Last thing you read?
The Stand by Stephen King


Best concert you’ve been to?
Metallica, Avenged Sevenfold, and Volbeat at the Rogers Center in Toronto


Favorite TV show?


If there was a holiday in your honor, what would it celebrate?
Outdoorsmen and people who live to be outside


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


If you had your own talk show, who would be your first three guests?
Pete Townshend, John C. Reilly, and Zak Bagans


What sets ms apart from other engineering & architecture firms?
From day one, it has been clear to me that ms places a great deal of importance on creating a friendly, comfortable, family-like environment for its employees. It’s the type of company where you can truly trust your coworkers and supervisors, alike.


If you weren’t an engineer, what would you be doing?
If I wasn’t an engineer, I’d be practicing a trade. Before going to school for engineering, I considered pursuing a career as a carpenter, electrician, or welder. Hands-on work has always been fun for me.


Which project are you most proud to have been a part of, and why?
The Portsmouth Bypass project – I, along with just about every other transportation engineer at ms, put in countless hours to make this massive design project a reality. It was a major challenge and sometimes very trying, but in the end the results of our hard work were rewarding.


You’ve got one day in Youngstown, what do you do?
Visit Mill Creek Park and then grab pizza and beer at Avalon Downtown


What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Hunting, fishing, spending time at the lake, whitewater rafting and kayaking, riding motorcylces, off-roading, hiking, and camping. I love working with my hands, repairing cars, motorcycles and working on the house. I enjoy all things active and outdoors. I also love concerts and going to Pirates, Steelers, and Penguins games.


Any final words?
Though I received my degree from Youngstown State University, I’ve been a lifelong Penn State fan. And while it may upset a great many of the ms employees west of the Pennsylvania/Ohio line, I have to give a shout out to the 2017 Nittany Lions football team. We’re coming for you again this year, Brutus… Sharpen up those special teams.