Staff Geotechnical Engineer
- Seattle, WA
Patricia first became interested in geotechnical engineering while studying the Leaning Tower of Pisa for a research project while studying at the University of Texas at Austin. Soil conditions affected the partial settlement of the tower, and Patricia saw how vital soils can be to the overall integrity of a structure.
“As I took more classes, I was drawn to geotechnical engineering because it felt very creative; each site is different and unique, and there’s no standard solution,” Patricia says. “I really enjoy the unpredictability and the challenges that are associated with working with soil.”
As a geotechnical engineer, this basic interaction between structures and soil is at the core of Patricia’s work at GeoEngineers. She’s responsible for evaluating the soil and making recommendations to our clients as they build commercial buildings, bridges, roads and more.
Patricia joined GeoEngineers after graduating with a Master’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin and is enjoying the chance to put her geotechnical skills to work out of the Seattle office.
“When I interviewed with GeoEngineers I was instantly attracted to the feel of the company,” Patricia says. “Everyone was extremely friendly and it felt like a company that I would enjoy working with for a long time.”
Patricia’s creativity extends beyond finding unique solutions to geotechnical challenges. She also has a degree in theater and has studied playwriting and performance arts. In her spare time, you might find Patricia crocheting, taking art classes, or reading. Someday she hopes to learn how to build her own furniture. After leaving the Texas heat, she’s also excited to explore the many outdoor recreation opportunities in the Pacific Northwest!