Staff Spotlight: Victoria Caruso, PE

We welcome Victoria as a project engineer + new member to the Schaefer team.

1. Favorite thing to do off the clock?

I enjoy spending time with my little dog, Fred, and exploring new places.

2. Favorite sports and teams?

My favorite soccer teams are the New York City FC + Italy national football team.

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

I’m rarely without my Nikon camera + music/podcast library.

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

I’d be a travel photographer, or maybe the co-owner of a needlepoint shop!

5. What would you do with $1 million?

I would travel, get my dad + I a supercar to share, and then probably donate the rest to various charities.

6. What’s on your bucket list?

My list is mostly centered around places to travel: Japan, New Zealand, Croatia + Slovenia, Machu Picchu, Bhutan, Berlin + Munich, Amsterdam, Provence, and the Amazon.

7. Quote to live by.

“Seek first to understand, then to be understood.”

8. Fun fact about yourself.

In the summer of 2021, I packed up all my stuff into a storage unit, fit my essentials (including my little dog) into my Mini Cooper, and decided to work remotely + live nomadically for a year. I’ve been spending anywhere from one week to two months in various locations to see more of the United States and meet interesting people.

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

I want to learn how to surf.

10. What market/material is your specialty and why?

I have extensive experience designing entertainment structures. Some of my favorites have been the temporary structure + rigging designs that have helped to bring Cirque du Soleil shows to life!

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