Where did you complete your undergraduate degree?

Washington University in St. Louis

What played into your decision to get a graduate engineering degree?

I chose the master of construction management program because of my intense love and appreciation for the built environment, and the men and women who work every day to make our communities, our nation and our planet a wonderful place to live, work and play.

Why did you pick WashU?

I chose WashU because I wanted to be associated with the best. And after completing the master of construction management program, I will join an elite list of alumni dedicated to transforming the built environment.

What was your favorite course and why?

My favorite course was Construction Fundamentals because as we move along the road to mastery, it will be the fundamentals that we will rely on as during the times of uncertainty and stagnation. Knowing the fundamentals will keep you sharp.

Who is your favorite instructor and why?

Steve Bannes is my favorite instructor. His guidance and counsel have helped to broaden my understanding of the built environment, and his encouragement has fueled my passion.

What advice would you give to a new student?

Get involved.

What is your favorite thing about St. Louis?

The people.

Do you have any work history?

I began my construction career in 2001 after graduating from high school. My first job was working for my grandparents for their home remodeling company. Shortly after joining them as a laborer, I started providing weatherization services for the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis. After several successful years in business, I was recruited to join the Urban League as a home energy auditor. From there I worked my way up to become the director of weatherization-field services. After nearly seven years at the Urban League, I joined Roanoke Construction as a project engineer. That opportunity led me to my current position as senior project estimator for PARIC Corp.

Are there any not-for-profit agencies that you have volunteered or worked with?

The Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis

What are your plans for the future?

My plan is to continue my journey toward understanding and managing the complexities of the built environment.