Meet some of our Wilson & Company family during Engineer's Week 2018:
Leslie Crawford, PE, CFM
What about the engineering profession attracted you? Why did you first get into engineering?
I was attracted to the engineering profession when I was spending a lot of time in southern Utah reading about water issues related to the Colorado River. I learned that civil engineers dealt with these matters and started school.
Does the engineering profession run in your family? Or do you have a mentor/friend/etc that inspired you? Tell me more.
My mother and father were not college educated so it was never expected of their children. In my early twenties, I was a ski/backpacking bum and spent a lot of time in nature so I guess if I had a mentor, it would have to be the mountains and deserts of the west. By being outside and studying the effects of humans on the natural environment, specifically water issues, I knew that I wanted to be an educated participant in the conversation about nature and conservation.
What is your favorite project you have worked on?
My favorite time in this profession was also one of the most challenging. In 2010, I was fortunate to spend a year in Afghanistan working on civil and environmental issues with the coalition and Afghan troops. I was able to travel throughout the country and assisted the troops with base design issues, waste water treatment plants, recycling, air quality, and other concerns. I learned a lot about the Afghan culture as well as the military way of life. As a result, I have a high level of respect for our soldiers that sacrifice so much and a greater appreciation for other ways of life.
Why take the PE? When you heard that you passes, how did you feel? How did you celebrate?
I took the PE in 2007 when I was pregnant with my daughter. It was merely an experiment to see if I would pass it and fortunately I did so I didn’t have to sit through it again. I found out I passed when I came home from the hospital after giving birth. I celebrated by staying up all night with my new daughter. I wouldn’t have had it any other way.