Category: Employee Spotlight
ECS Wolf Den – a Center for Learning and Collaboration
By and for ECS clients and employees
One of our core service lines at ECS is geotechnical engineering. In honor of Engineering Week (February 19 – 25), we asked a few of our staff: Why did you want to be an engineer?
There’s just nothing warmer or more comforting than a fleece blanket. When you’re feeling overtired, overwhelmed, or just overwrought, wrapping a fleece blanket around your shoulders or tucking one around your feet just makes it feel like all is right with the world.
This summer, ECS had a record breaking 70 interns. We asked an intern from our Charlotte, NC office to share his experience with us.
Zachary Mickel is from Bluefield, WV. He received a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Marshall University in 2015 and is pursuing a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech.
What made you interested in your chosen field?
If you read the last blog post, then you know how important STEM is (and what it is). At ECS, our employees have been supporting STEM education for many years. From judging science fairs to running career fairs, our people know how necessary it is to get kids excited about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. This post showcases a few ECS employees who donate their time and energy to STEM education.
Joe Meiburger, P.E., CPG, LEED AP, is a Principal Engineer and ECS Manassas Branch Manager. But he had humble beginnings.
He needed a summer job after his freshman year at James Madison University (JMU). He was looking for a paid internship, and he wasn’t interested in sitting at a desk or wearing a suit. Joe felt he could find a job related to his field of study: geology and soils, and he was ok to start at the bottom. His geology professor knew JMU alumni who worked at ECS, so he suggested that Joe contact the firm.
ECS recruits at several colleges and universities to identify and hire top-quality graduating students. The firm’s recruiting program and approach is successful, in large part, because of a well-thought out strategy. Alumni typically recruit from their own alma mater, thus initiating professional mentoring with candidates almost immediately. This level of engagement and personal involvement by and from ECS principals (and future principals) are critical components of this program.
The beginning lines of Joanna Vivanco’s resume reads, “Joanna Vivanco is an Environmental Project Manager and Scientist in the Chantilly, Virginia office of ECS Mid-Atlantic, LLC. Her responsibilities include management, design and field investigations, field and laboratory work for environmental projects, and client development.”
That falls so far short of describing Joanna.
From Left : Baffour Awuah (NGOZI-Executive Secretary), Alice Gyamfi (Bright Foundation-Vice President), Anim Addo-Sampong (NGOZI-President), Mike Yeatts (PWSI-Executive Secretary), Doiminic O. Agyepong (NGOZI-Vice President) and Senya Donkor (Bright Foundation-President).
Providing Humanitarian Aid to local village elder in Nasiriyah, Iraq
ECS National Harbor Office Operations Manager John Hicks starts his day just like any other employee: coffee and e-mails, meetings with his team, checking his To-Do list. But not long ago, John started his days in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Kandahar isn’t the only barren landscape that John has served in during his tenure as a combat engineer with the Army National Guard. He also experienced the shifting sands and relentless heat of southern Iraq when he served in Naziriyah in 2006.
A Senior Technician who has worked at our Fredericksburg office since August 2004, David Young spends most of his daytime hours on field work. But his passionate interest in history and how he’s spent much of his free time for the past 30 years is pretty interesting tale – one that led to him writing a fascinating story: An English Seed.