Mark was drawn to a career in geotechnical engineering because of the mystery behind what is below the surface of the ground. “Every project and site is unique; you have to adapt to what Mother Nature gives you,” he says.
A recent graduate of Washington State University with a master’s in civil engineering, Mark spends his days at GeoEngineers doing a variety of things. “Primarily I collect soil with a drill rig, excavator or by shovel. Then I test soil in the lab—bake it, wash it, shake it, roll it,” he says. From there Mark works with more experienced engineers on geotechnical designs and reports for things such as retaining walls or selecting foundation types to be built in the soil he collected and tested. “Hopefully, I get to watch something be built into that same soil,” he says.
When not at work, you can find Mark snow skiing, boating, river rafting, wine and beer tasting and rooting on his beloved WSU Cougars.