At Larson Design Group, we believe that our employees are our greatest asset. This spotlight is on Matthew Baird, Geologist in our Morgantown Infrastructure group.
What is your position here at Larson Design Group and when did you join LDG?
My current role is Geologist and have been with the company since December of 2014.
Describe a typical day in your role:
Depending on the project, a day in the office could involve geotechnical writing, slope stability analyses, landslide mitigation design, or mine subsidence reporting. A day in the field may include drilling oversight with soil and rock classification, boring log interpretation, construction inspection, slope stability evaluation or forensic investigation for mine subsidence claims.
What attracted you to join Larson Design Group originally?
I was drawn to LDG’s geotechnical team and was interested in gaining practical experience while getting my hands dirty (pun intended).
How has Larson Design Group helped you in your career development?
Every project poses a unique challenge, and to overcome these challenges means learning and growth. I’ve learned to enjoy stepping outside of my comfort zone as growth and comfort seldom ride the same horse.
What is your proudest moment at Larson Design Group?
I feel a deep level of satisfaction when we do something for the community. Engaging in something as simple as trail maintenance or cleaning up trash in a local park like we’ve done for the WV DEP Make It Shine event sparks joy and makes me a proud employee.
If you could switch places with anyone else at Larson Design Group for a day, who would it be and why?
I would be myself – unless someone here is a wizard and has access to polyjuice potion, I don’t see how this is actually possible.
What’s something most people don’t know about you?
I really like Harry Potter and running marathons/ultramarathons.
What advice do you have for a prospective candidate considering Larson Design Group?
Be punctual and establish yourself as someone who’s consistently timely and dependable. Also, don’t be afraid to ask a lot of questions.