One of the advantages of growing up in a multidisciplinary company like AECOM is the ability to work on a variety of different projects. Since joining the company as an electrical engineer in 2011, that has certainly been the case for me. So far, my assignments have included a diesel engine manufacturing plant, a large store for an international home furnishing retailer, and, most recently, a new Asian production and product development hub in Shenzhen for W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc. maker of GORE-TEX fabrics and other innovative products.

When Gore wanted to build this new hub, it turned to AECOM to help manage the construction. The facility is equipped with state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment, offices and laboratories. A significant portion of the new space is dedicated to these laboratories to enhance product testing and support product and technology innovations.

My job was to ensure the efficiency of the engineered building systems, which is critical to the facility and will help Gore maintain its high global standards of product quality. I was able to suggest improvements to these systems, and it gave me great pride when my modifications became part of the final design. It really makes me feel that I can make a difference at AECOM — like I belong. The most interesting part of my job is that I get to communicate with a lot of different people; we share our experiences and different cultures with each other.