At DAA we are overflowing with exceptional employees and each month we like to choose one to highlight. Check back at the beginning of every month to see who’s in the spotlight!
Title: Laboratory Manager
Division: Geotechnical Engineering
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Birthday: June 9
What three words would you use to describe working at DAA?
Comradery, integrity, and dedication
Favorite thing about working at DAA?
The best part of working at DAA for me is the privilege of working with our talented staff. Even as we grow, and continue to grow as a company, we have not lost our family feel and approach.
In your experience here, is there a project that really stands out?
Goodness, as Lab Manager I have worked on hundreds of different projects, all of them have their own unique challenges. However, for me the most challenging aspect of my job is holding, and renewing the laboratory’s Army Corps of Engineers Certification. Every three years the lab goes through an onsite audit by the Corps. The representatives examine all of our equipment to confirm the equipment is in compliance, they also audit the lab’s Quality Assurance Manual to confirm all of the equipment has been properly calibrated, and verified on the intervals and dates spelled out in the ASTM standards. It can be a stressful time, but it is a necessary regulation that keeps all contributing laboratories honest, and in compliance with the rules.
Favorite quote or words of wisdom?
“If you owe someone an apology, tell them you are sorry today. If someone asks for your forgiveness, forgive them. Start being the person you always wanted to be today and don’t waste your time worrying about tomorrow.”
Mary Kate McErlean, whose father was killed on 9/11.
Favorite sports team?
I love the New York Mets, even if they find unique ways to break my heart, The New York Giants, and Club Santos Laguna (MX, Soccer).
What TV show, movie, or book are you obsessed with right now?
I am currently reading Devil in the White City by Erik Larson. The book is a historical non-fiction that takes place in Chicago around the time of the 1893 World’s Fair. The book concentrate on two concurrent story lines. Daniel Burnham, lead architect and urban designer of the World’s Fair, and Dr. H. H. Holmes, a serial killer who built a hotel near the fair to trap and kill patrons visiting Chicago for the fair.
Have you been on a recent vacation or trip that you loved?
My wife and I traveled to Istanbul and Cappadocia, Turkey a couple of years ago. We were able to visit the Hagia Sophia, built during the rule of Justinian, and completed in 537 AD. We were also able to hike the Rose and Pigeon Valleys in Cappadocia where you are still able to see the remnants of the crusades in cave churches with their frescos.
What was the first concert you ever attended?
My older sister took me to a U2 concert in 1985, The Unforgettable Fire Tour.
Is there something you do or like that would surprise people?
People who do not know me would probably be surprised that I love to cook, and that I lived in Torreon, Mexico for 2 ½ years working as an ESL teacher.