Today we are pleased to feature Rosie Jaswal, who is a Senior Engineer working out of our Boston office. Rosie comes to us from Edmonton, Alberta where she spent four years working for the City and several years with area consulting firms. Rosie will be leading design and planning work on multimodal transportation projects.
When did you realize engineering was going to be your career…and was there a moment, an event, or a person that made an impression on that decision?
When I was in high school, my cousin told me about her friend who was a structural engineer; I thought that was so cool, to be able to design and build bridges. Little did I know that engineers could also help design and build entire cities!
What’s the best part of being an engineer at Toole Design?
Though I haven’t been here long, the sense of community is immediately evident. Engineers and other professionals from across the company are ready and willing to share their experience and collaborate to deliver the best solutions possible.
The theme for National Engineering Month this year is “There’s a place for you in engineering”…what that does mean to you?
Engineering is about problem solving – there really is no limit to the kinds of problems that need solving. There are so many different passions that can be turned into a career in Engineering, and so many skills you learn through this industry that can be applied back into your life outside the office. You are also never locked into any one particular specialty, there is always flexibility to change directions until you find your perfect fit.
How do Toole Design’s values of Ethics, Equity, and Empathy influence your everyday work as an engineer?
You can’t design a street for everyone without being able to understand every potential user’s perspectives and motivations; stepping outside your own viewpoint is critical. We are also bound to repeat past injustices without recognizing the harm done and actively working to address and correct them in every project we undertake. I appreciate that Toole Design does not shy away from this responsibility, and instead asks ‘how can we do better?’