“From a cultural standpoint, Thornton Tomasetti is very much like New York City … because it’s like the different boroughs, with different communities and different cultures.”

How did you first hear about Thornton Tomasetti?
When I was in school at Pratt Institute, I had a couple professors who were at Thornton Tomasetti, and one of my good friends at Pratt also started an internship here via the professors. So that’s how I first heard about Thornton Tomasetti. It was a good mixture of people. I thought it was great how, as I interned the summer prior to starting here, it was not only architects that I got to work with. I got to work with mechanical engineers, structural engineers, plumbing engineers and got involved with all aspects of the projects. So it was getting that bigger picture experience that really was something I enjoyed. Internally, it’s always easy to ask questions and pick other people’s brains, and I thought that was something that you don’t get everywhere else.

How would you define the culture at Thornton Tomasetti?
From a cultural standpoint I think Thornton Tomasetti is very much like New York City. I’ve always thought of it that way, because it’s like the different boroughs, with the different communities, different cultures. There are Asian communities. There are the African-American communities. There are the Indian communities, and Russians. Thornton Tomasetti’s like that in that there’s a lot of different mixes of culture, and I think that’s great, because we learn from each other, and we all bring strengths from different backgrounds. So I thought that that was always a great analogy: it’s kind of New York City in a smaller scale.

What do you think is essential to success here?
Being able to work with other people and open your mind to other ideas, and being open to learning is a big aspect to have here, because it allows you to gain as much as possible. If you don’t open yourself up to wanting to learn different things, you’re only going to be secluded in what you know. The other aspect of work is not just technical but also the business side. And you have to be able to go out there and be able to speak with people as much as speaking with people internally. So it’s being able to interact that is important.

What advice do you have for people considering working at TT?
All your technical skills are written down on your resume, and it’s a piece of paper. I think important things are when you come in and you speak with people. How you interact with them is critical because they want to be able to feel how you would fit in into the culture here. And I think that opportunities here to grow are endless. There’s quite a way to expand for everybody, whether you start at the bottom, or whether you start in the middle, and as long as people recognize you, it’s a good feeling to be able to put more in to that company.