In this episode, I talk with Rachel Mertz, P.E., SE, a senior project manager with Modjeski and Masters, Inc., about her role as a project manager for the Murray Baker Bridge Rehabilitation Project and her overall experience as a woman in engineering.
Here Are Some of the Questions I Ask Rachel:
- Could you briefly overview the Murray Baker Bridge rehabilitation project?
- Can you describe some challenges encountered during the Murray Baker Bridge project and how they were overcome?
- Could you describe how the coordination of work between various contractors and stakeholders was managed in this project, given its unique nature?
- How significant do you believe it is, as a project manager, to engage with the community, address their concerns, and answer their questions during a project’s progress?
- Given the importance of community engagement and input, what impact do you foresee this project having on the local community?
- Could you share some lessons you’ve learned from managing a project of this scale and complexity, emphasizing the importance of post-project debriefs and lessons learned in project management?
- What are the most significant challenges currently confronting women in the engineering industry?
- What advice would you offer to engineers and project managers who belong to underrepresented groups?
- What final advice or words of wisdom do you have for aspiring engineers looking to succeed in project management and make a positive impact in their engineering careers?