Engineering in Seattle

by Celson

Friday was a day I awaited with great excitement because we were able to tour a new tunnel being built with our friend Dawn, the head civil engineer of the project.

Every day we took the bus to go to school, we looked curiously at the people working along the road, wanting to see what they were building but having no way to do it. Until one day I realized my friend Dawn, who volunteers with NPH, was the director of the project!

I asked her if it was possible to go on a tour because I was interested in what they were building. She told me we could go on a tour, which made me very happy. Finally the day of the tour arrived and everyone from the leadership program met in Dawn’s office where she had prepared a power point presentation. I could see how excited she was to show us the famous tunnel. She was also with one of her work partners. The tunnel is a large Seattle project that is replacing an old highway that is in bad shape. All of the presentation was interesting for us and we had a moment to ask questions. Fortunately, there was someone there who spoke Spanish. It is a project that requires precision and a lot of experience in civil engineering. We all learned a lot that day.

After a moment, I thought of all the people who helped us there and gave us the tour. They were all very professional, very experienced people who have important positions in the state of Washington. The gesture they made by spending time to share their knowledge with us was very impressive, not everyone with important positions are willing to do this.

Thank you for this great opportunity!!

 

 

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Viernes un día qué esperé con muchas ancias, por qué vamos a un tour de un Túnel en construcción con nuestra amiga Dawn, ingeniera civil, directora de la obra.

Todos los días qué tomaba el bus para ir a la universidad, miraba a la gente trabajando y tenía la curiosidad de saber qué era lo qué iban a construir y quería  ir a ver pero no era posible. Hasta qué un día me di cuenta qué mi amiga Dawn qué colabora con NPH era era la directora de la obra le pregunté si era posible qué de ir a un tour porqué estaba interesado en saber qué es lo qué estaban construyendo y ella dijo qué si, eso me alegró mucho. Hasta qué finalmente llegó el día, todos los del programa de liderazgo nos reunimos en su oficina, ella estaba preparada para mostrarnos una presentación en power point , veía su cara con mucha emoción por  enseñarnos hacerca del famoso tunel,  también estaban con ella unos compañeros de trabajo. Éste túnel es un proyecto muy grande en la cuidad de seattle para reemplazar una antigua carretera en mal estado. Toda la presentación fue interesante para nosotros y tuvimos un momento en el qué podíamos hacer preguntas , afortunadamente había una persona qué hablaba español. Es una obra qué requiere de exactitud y mucha experiencia en ingeniería civil, fue un día de mucho aprendizaje para todos nosotros.

Después de un momento pensé en qué las personas con quien nos habíamos relacionado y qué nos dieron el tour son personas muy profesionales, con mucha experiencia, son personas qué ocupan puestos importantes en todo el estado de Washington, pero me impresionó mucho el gesto qué ellos hicieron en compartir tiempo y conocimiento  con nosotros, pues no todas las personas con puestos importantes son capaces de hacerlo.

Celson Rivera

One thought on “Engineering in Seattle

  1. Great article by Celson! Rudy, Chris and I are still talking about your visit. We don’t normally get to share our geeky engineering world with others. So, it was quite fun and very refreshing!! I do want to make a correction for the record, though. I am not the Director. I worry that my boss and my bosses boss; the Deputy Director and Director, might think I am trying to take their job. Take care, Dawn

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