The People of PASE: John

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.

It’s all about the people, here at Peoples Associates Structural Engineers. Check out our other Summer 2017 interns’ stories: Brooke, TanyaJessica, and Ian.



Meet John,
Graduate Student at Cal Poly University


2017 Intern John

Why Structural Engineering?

It all started with Legos®–building structures has always been an interest. This, coupled with his long-time desire to be a part of finished structures, John realized that Structural Engineering would be the perfect path for his career.


What inspires you?

In awe over large buildings and other structures he’d see in travels as a child, the idea of being a part of such a massive project has always been inspiring. While initially thinking of going into construction, college eventually led John to study Structural Engineering instead–which he considers the best choice for his career goals.


At PASE, what kind of project(s) did you work on?

John worked with the Mission Critical/Data Center team. Projects included retrofits for major companies, mechanical buildings, and seismic design and anchorage.


2017 Intern John-2

John, 2017 Construction Captain, in action at the Cal Poly Steel Bridge Regional Competition

How was your experience at PASE?

PASE assigned work to John that was more challenging than expected–which is exactly what he was looking for. He loved seeing his work contribute to the completion of the project.


Where are you heading to next?

After earning his Masters Degree, John wants to take a bit of time off to travel. Seeing Europe is on his bucket list for next summer.

John has big goals for his career. Becoming a Partner at a firm would be a great step in his career, but he would also love to be a freelance Engineer. John truly loves designing and engineering structures, and wants to always work on projects he’s passionate about. He aspires to nurture this passion throughout the years.


Any words of advice you’d like to share with fellow students?

John would highly suggest all young, aspiring engineers to get involved in engineering clubs on campus. He says that the “American Society of Civil Engineers has lots of opportunities and projects to get involved in, like Concrete Canoe and Steel Bridge. Both projects provide hands-on learning that is applicable to the material taught in class.”

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