Engineers Week: Meet Brian

“Brian deeply cares about the work he does every day, and it shows in the strong and positive relationships he has developed with his clients and his co-workers. His commitment to the people around him is a great gift to our team.”

– John DeVol, PE, Principal

Name:  Brian Rowley, PE

Years of experience: 18+ years.

Your hidden talent (or a fun fact): I enjoy restoring and driving my 1969 Chevy C10 pickup.

What superhero talent do you wish you had? Time travel.

If my co-workers wanted to make me happy, all they have to give me is: Good coffee.

How or when did you know you wanted to be an engineer? What’s your earliest recollection, if any? I remember taking all sorts of things apart to see how they worked, what was inside? It usually just resulted in a lot of broken toys and gadgets with a handful of extra gears and springs!

What’s been your favorite F&V project to work on and why? How did it make a difference to the community? City of Harrison SAW project because of the people. The City staff from the Manager’s office to DPW are the best to work with. It has truly been a successful team approach. The SAW project was an opportunity for the community to take a thorough asset inventory of their existing infrastructure and make decisions on where to invest in their systems to make the most positive, long-lasting impacts. The work we completed was the basis for grant-funded improvements to the City sewer and water systems that will improve reliability and maintenance for years to come.

If you could work on any project (future or past – and doesn’t need to be F&V) what would it be and why? I am amazed by massive projects such as the Hoover Dam and Panama Canal. The ability to complete such large-scale projects with the resources of those days is impressive!

What is your favorite thing about F&V’s culture and what do you add/contribute to the culture? F&V has a genuine sense of empowerment. I enjoy the challenge of mentoring staff and sharing my unique perspective and experiences with others.

Why is engineering important? / Why are you excited to be a part of engineers week? I am proud to work in such a broad field that has such significant impacts on our daily lives. From the roads and bridges we drive on to the underground utilities that bring us safe drinking water and waste disposal all while holding paramount the safety, health and welfare of the public.

What are you most looking forward to in 2019? (career-wise or in general) Continuing to grow professionally and help others along the way.