Welcome back, Bridget! Previously a co-op student, she returned to Schaefer full-time after earning her undergraduate and graduate degrees.
1. What industry book have you read that has been most helpful to your career?
The Great Bridge by David McCullough is about the structural design and construction of the Brooklyn Bridge.
2. If you could design a structure anywhere in the world, where would it be?
I like designing structures in my hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio. I get to see the positive difference they make in my community.
3. Who is your biggest inspiration and why?
My dad is one of the hardest workers I know – I’ve learned so much from him. He’s one of many inspirations.
4. What’s on your bucket list?
I have a bucket list of cities to visit. The list is very, very long… a lot of money will be spent on airfare in my future.
5. What would you sing at karaoke?
I do not sing – everyone should be very thankful.
6. If you weren’t a structural engineer, what would you be?
Ideally, I would pursue something that challenges me and isn’t monotonous. If I had to choose one – a graphic designer of some sort.
7. Favorite thing to do off the clock.
Anything outside! I like to walk, run, hike, kayak, boat, ski, fish and play sports (just to name a few).
8. What are your hobbies?
See favorite thing to do off the clock, and add cooking and baking.
9. What’s your signature dish to cook for family and friends?
Everyone really likes (or at least I, myself, do) my grasshopper cake. It’s not always easy to make though – sometimes grasshoppers are very hard to catch (joking).
10. Fun fact about yourself.
One time at a Cincinnati Reds game, I fell. The awesome staff manning the jumbotron caught it on camera and then replayed my fall, replayed it in slow motion and replayed it in reverse. Not sure if it is a fun fact or embarrassing story, but others seem to really enjoy it.