Justin Olson, P.E.
Like many engineers, Justin found math and science exciting as early as elementary school. In college, he found engineering to be a natural fit for his interests. Originally, he planned to work for an electric utility company after graduation, but an “ah-ha” moment later in his college career made Justin realize that becoming a consulting engineer was the right path for him.
Justin continues to grow as a leader within the architecture, engineering, and construction industry because he appreciates the chance to make a positive impact on clients and coworkers, whether that’s through mentoring a young engineer or leading a team on a project. He finds site visits an especially important learning opportunity for younger engineers, and even for himself, because he has found firsthand experience to be one of the best teachers.
Looking to the future, Justin hopes that engineers will continue developing skills in more areas than simply marking up designs. As the industry trends toward integration across disciplines, Justin sees the roles of project manager, designer, and technician becoming more blended with time. This means the industry will demand a more well-rounded engineer that can adapt to out-of-the-box challenges and provide innovative ideas.
- Bowl for Kid’s Sake Attendee (supporting Big Brother Big Sisters)
- Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) Golf Outing Attendee (supporting the local IES Des Moines Chapter)
“I see engineers who are fluent in our design software and can manage internal project teams, plus traditional engineering design, as a big advantage for the industry.”