For National Engineers Week 2019, we’re sharing stories from some of CTA’s engineering talent to learn more about how they chose their profession and what makes them tick.
What inspired you to become an engineer?
I naturally excelled in math and science, and I love puzzles. In junior high, I attended a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) camp at the University of Kansas and that was the clincher — I just knew this was what I wanted to do.
What is your specific area of expertise and why did you choose it?
Electrical engineering. It’s pretty amazing to be responsible for helping to bring on the lights. I make sure everything gets power in the right way and in the right amount in the various facilities and buildings we work on. It’s pretty fundamental to life as we know it.
Tell us something about the field of engineering that is surprising or not common knowledge.
It’s a lot of fun! And also incredibly versatile and impactful. As an electrical engineer, I focus on power and lighting, but also sustainable buildings and renewable energy. I think it’s important to provide more exposure to engineering to more kids at a young age — really show them all the possibilities.
What is one of your favorite projects and why?
All of my military projects. Government/defense work is full of challenges, involves a variety of structures, and requires site visits. I enjoy being hands on and involved, so for me, these projects provide a great balance.
I also get a kick out of the multi-disciplinary, collaborative work we do overall. Working with teams, presenting your ideas, robust discussion, and coming up with the best solutions for each client is really rewarding.
What piece of advice would you give a young person interested in becoming an engineer?
Pursue your dreams and never give up.
Taneasha gets creative in her presentation to high school students as part of the ACE Mentor Program.
Taneasha at a glance
Living in Seattle, Washington
Defining characteristics: very outgoing, ambitious, and goal-oriented
Interests: tutoring, mentoring, drawing, spending time with my daughter