At Larson Design Group, we believe that our employees are our greatest asset. This spotlight is on Reshmi Lal, Senior Engineer in our structural bridge group.
What is your position here at Larson Design Group and when did you join LDG?
I am a Senior Engineer with the Bridge Department. I have been with LDG since October 2010.
Describe a typical day in your role:
A typical day at LDG includes working on assigned bridge projects, mentoring junior engineers in the department, reviewing designs and contract submissions, tracking project schedules and writing technical proposals, communicating with clients and so on. Occasional site visits are also part of my job.
What attracted you to join Larson Design Group originally?
Being an experienced bridge engineer and manager in my previous job, I was looking for a job opportunity which offered similar challenges.
How has Larson Design Group helped you in your career development?
Earning my master’s degree in Geotechnical Engineering has allowed me to gain specialized knowledge to advance in my field. It positioned me to work on several projects where I was able to use my geotechnical expertise as well as my bridge design experience. Last year, I designed a precast post-tensioned girder for a design build project using 3D Finite Element Analysis. I have completed a few post-tensioned girder designs in India, but this was my first design in the United States.
What is your proudest moment at Larson Design Group?
I got my Professional Engineer Certification in 2012 while I was with Larson Design Group. The PE board allowed me to take the exam based on my previous experience in India since I had US design experience.
If you could switch places with anyone else at Larson Design Group for a day, who would it be and why?
Myself, because as Oscar Wilde said, “Be yourself, everything else is already taken.”
What’s something most people don’t know about you?
I play a South Indian string instrument called “Veena”.
What advice do you have for a prospective candidate considering Larson Design Group?
Be curious. Be open to learn, unlearn and relearn.