An Interview with our R&M Engineer Andrew Kuzmich
We are continuing the celebration this week by getting to know more about some of our civil engineers.
Andrew Kuzmich has been on our engineering team for the past four years.
We asked Andrew:
How did you arrive at your decision to become a civil engineer?
“My father is an architect, so, I grew up exposed to the built community. I recall quite a few dinnertime stories about his job experiences which, as I got older, cultivated into a genuine interest in pursuing a career in his field. In high school, I participated in an after school STEM club called ACE’s (Architecture, Construction and Engineering) coordinated by local design professionals. They were our coaches as we worked on one comprehensive project per school year. They also took us to visit active construction sites to see first-hand what we were learning during club meetings. Getting involved with the club helped me with my decision between whether to pursue engineering or architecture. After three years in the club, I realized that I connected better with the technical aspect of engineering and that helped me make the decision to study civil engineering in college. But the decisions didn’t end there.
Once in college, after taking many different civil engineering classes, I found my strengths and interests were in geotechnical and structural engineering so in my later years I tailored my schedule accordingly. The more investigative the design process was, the more creatively I needed to be to come up with a design solution. As a CE major, I enjoyed the creative thinking process, problem solving challenges and the uniqueness of each project.
After graduating from The University of Connecticut, I joined Redniss & Mead. For the past four years I have been working on design teams with Landscape Architects, Architects, Engineers, Attorneys and Developers. I work on a wide spectrum of land development projects where we may begin with a plot of land, such as an old abandoned site, and work to turn it into a thriving new living community or retail development. I enjoy the fact that each completed project results in a vital change to the community. I am proud to be part of something that improves the world around us.”