The People of PASE: Brooke
Here at Peoples Associates Structural Engineers, we put our interns and their talents to work–their skill set and education are not taken lightly. We truly appreciate the opportunity to educate and shape these bright people into becoming talented Structural Engineers, ready to create the next set of structures that shape our cities.
This summer’s interns were a mix of eager Undergraduate and Graduate students. Join us as they share a bit of their story and what they look forward to on their journeys ahead.
All of our interns had a wonderful learning experience at PASE, giving them real-life experience that they’ll take into their blossoming careers. Team PASE took them in with open arms, and absolutely loved to show them what they can look forward to what awaits them after finishing their college careers.
Undergraduate Student at Cal Poly University
Why Structural Engineering?
Brooke knew that she loved design, and thought that she would be an Architect. However, her physics and calculus classes opened up paths to engineering. Once she reached college, she arrived at Architectural Engineering–the perfect mix of design and math and physics.
What inspires you?
The beauty and history of buildings across the world are what inspire Brooke. After traveling to Europe last summer and seeing the old, beautiful buildings, she really noticed how the design of structures reflects a society and its culture and history. The beauty of the design fuels Brooke’s imagination.
At PASE, what kind of project(s) did you work on?
Brooke worked with the Mission Critical/Data Center team. After taking a steel class recently, she has been able to connect the dots between her classes and real-world applications.
How was your experience at PASE?
Brooke loved that she has been able to “do REAL engineering every day” at PASE. Unlike her friends that have interned elsewhere, Brooke has been able to work on real projects, and has gained real-world knowledge and skills for her future career as a Structural Engineer. Brooke also loved the atmosphere of the PASE office, and truly enjoyed her time with the team. She never once felt hesitant to ask questions–she knew that her team members would be there to help.
Where are you heading next?
School is taking Brooke to Nepal for a couple weeks to work on projects for earthquake rehabilitation. She is traveling with Tanya, another one of our interns, and can’t wait for the experience–and to see the country’s historical structures!
Any words of advice you’d like to share with fellow students?
Engineering can be creative to its core–it’s not just math. And to all the young women out there who feel hesitant to jump into a career that seems male-dominated, Brooke says to “not be scared to do something no one has done before”. This career can accommodate women and men.