Staff Geotechnical Engineer
- Redmond, WA
Michelle spends most of her time performing investigation and monitoring at construction sites. As a relatively young engineer, Michelle values the chance to supplement her education with practical field experience.
“I believe it can significantly improve our understanding of the knowledge we got from books and courses,” she says.
As an undergraduate, Michelle was intrigued by the importance of foundation design and geotechnical engineering to overall structure design. Michelle helped design a high-rise for a structural design competition only to realize during load testing that a weak foundation caused the entire structure to fail. This experience started her down the path toward geotechnical engineering, and it became the focus of her graduate studies.
Michelle’s engineering expertise is balanced by an artistic side. At home, she enjoys digital painting and drawing, and plays a traditional Chinese instrument called a Pipa or “Chinese Lute.”