Alumnus Jasmine Sisson (BSE CE ’99) is a lead structural engineer with the Detroit office of Parsons Brinckerhoff, a global consulting firm.
“I like that Parsons Brinckerhoff is a global firm that encourages work sharing and pulling from the experiences of employees all over the world. I have the freedom to do both field and design work. It enables me to design structures that incorporate current construction practices. They have also been extremely supportive of my volunteer work with ESD (The Engineering Society of Detroit).”
Sisson volunteers with ESD’s Engineering SMArT Detroit, a program that provides Detroit high school level students with a real-world application of Science, Math, Architecture and Technology. ESD started the program to meet the need for more STEM education in Michigan. Sisson became involved because she felt there were too many young students who thought of engineering as an unattainable career.
“My goal is to demystify engineering for students and show them that it is a potential career option for them. It is incredibly rewarding to see students light up when they make discoveries and find solutions to problems. The sense of accomplishment and pride that they feel helps demonstrate that there is a path for them in the engineering industry.”
In addition to lending a hand to the local community, Sisson also has advice for women interested in engineering.
“Women are still the minority in the engineering industry, but don’t let that stop you from being confident in your skills. Work hard, be assertive and remain steadfast. You have the right to contribute.”
Thinking back to her experience in CEE, one memory sticks out for Sisson.
“I took a materials class that had a lab where you learned how to do concrete mixes and testing. I had to mix a concrete batch and then check the slump, and mine passed! I remember that feeling of relief so clearly. Whew!”
To learn about volunteer opportunities with SMArT, please visit Engineering SMArT Detroit.