It’s Engineer’s Week 2020! If you don’t know, EWeek is dedicated to ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce by increasing understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers.
We would like to highlight two of our young engineers who are our future! As graduates of Widener University, they have a strong tie to their alumni and always make themselves available as mentors to their engineering students. They are making their impact on future engineers!
Meet Bill Fredericks and Olivia Horst.
Q| What is your favorite part of engineering – your passion?
BF | My favorite part of engineering is when you come up with a creative solution on paper, it gets built and implemented, and then you get to see it working in the field. I will stop and check out other people’s design solutions and see what works and what doesn’t.
OH| Developing a unique solution to a difficult problem that satisfies everyone involved.
Q| What is your favorite project you have worked on and why?
BF | Moravian Manor – Warwick Woodlands: it’s a long term project with multiple phases that you can see and experience people enjoying it already.
OH| Lakeside Villas/Ephrata Crossing – These projects are located in my hometown and it’s been exciting to be a part of a project that is improving the community I live in.
Q| What is the most challenging project you have worked on and why?
BF | Hy-Tech Mushroom – it required several zoning approvals before moving forward with design. And since it’s a composting facility the stormwater had to be kept separate for building roof runoff vs. the wharf runoff.
OH| Lime Spring Square – it was an incredibly fast-paced project with a floodplain restoration which created a unique approach to stormwater management.
Q| What do you hope changes in engineering 15 years from now?
BF | I hope the industry looks at our approach to stormwater solutions on a more regional level rather than on an individual property/project level. While localized controls are important I think we should look at solving larger stormwater problems in a more regional method that can be more cost effective and produce better outcome.
OH| I hope for more consistency between the various municipal and state stormwater requirements.