Staff Spotlight: Andrew Hager

We welcome Andrew Hager as a design engineer and the newest member of our structural engineering team.

1. Favorite sports and teams?

My favorite team is the Detroit Tigers. I also support any team wearing the colors maize + blue.

2. Most prized possession/what you couldn’t live without (outside of family and friends)?

I have a JBL Boombox that I often claim as my most prized possession. I listened to nearly 70,000 minutes of music last year, most of which were on the boombox.

3. What are your hobbies?

I enjoy running, reading, cooking + traveling.

4. What made you laugh the hardest in your entire life?

Every time I am with my college roommates, there is a good chance I will have my next hardest laugh.

5. What’s your biggest pet peeve?

The “dish soak” – I am of the belief that some dishes need to be soaked. However, many dishes that are soaked are not in need of it, and it is purely used as a procrastination strategy.

6. What’s your signature dish to cook for family and friends?

My signature dish is definitely my homemade guacamole which has made multiple appearances at family gatherings + Schaefer grill days.

7. If you weren’t a structural engineer, what would you be?

I would be an investigative journalist. I’m drawn to the idea of discovering truths about how the world works and getting exclusive access to people + information.

8. Why you chose to work/live in Cincinnati, Ohio?

Cincinnati’s growth + renewal continue to amaze me. I love being part of it not only as an engineer, but as a citizen.

9. What is a skill that you don’t have, but wish you did?

I wish I had perfect pitch!

10. What industry book have you read that has been most helpful to your career?

When I was a freshman in college, Michigan Engineering had us read The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. While not directly related to structural engineering, it grapples with important ethical questions that have racial and socioeconomic implications. Similar questions pertain to developing communities, which is what we help do at Schaefer every day.



  • What a great asset Andrew will be to your staff and fellow colleagues. Looking forward to hearing about schaefer’s projects in the making.

  • Andrew is extremely focused, and pays attention to detail. I am sure he will be a great asset to your firm. I am hoping to be around to witness many of his accomplishments. I may be his Proud Grandmother, but I am sure I am not being boastful when I make these comments. He is very personable and has the ability to get along well with others. I know he will go far !

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