“Structural engineering is just glorified problem solving – identifying the issue, thinking through the different parts, using your knowledge to come up with the solution. But unlike those word problems we did in elementary school math class, there is often more than one answer and you have to use your judgment to decide what is the best solution for the project.”
While pursuing her architectural engineering degrees, Gaelyn interned at DCI’s Spokane and Seattle offices to gain an understanding about the firm’s day-to-day operations. She started her professional career as a field engineer for a construction company before joining the DCI staff full-time. Since then, she gradually elevated her role from project engineering to project management to “people management” – the mentorship responsibility of leading a team of engineers, assessing their performance, adjusting their work priorities, and overseeing their career aspirations at the firm.
Besides her expanding leadership role, Gaelyn is known for her concrete and post-tensioned concrete design abilities. Her expertise with the material made her the ideal candidate to update the firm’s concrete slab design guide and to help teach the slab design class. Gaelyn’s portfolio includes parking garages, podiums, mid-rise, high-rise, mixed-use, residential, and hospitality projects throughout the greater Seattle area and in some parts of California. She collaborates with new project team members, engages with clients regularly, attends in-house technical committees, and recruits for DCI.
- If you weren’t an engineer, what would you be? Probably a teacher.
- What is your favorite thing about the DCI work environment? I love DCI’s “choose your own adventure” approach to career development. If you are passionate about something and want to create a niche for yourself, we work to help you achieve that goal.
- What is your favorite place, building, or built environment at your current city of residence? MoPOP – the building itself is a work of art, and the museum always has cool exhibits.