Engineers Week: Meet Doug

“Doug works efficiently to keep projects on time and budget, especially as demonstrated on his work for KWA. He did an outstanding job to complete the complex water main design in a record setting time! He uses this expertise to mentor our new hires and summer interns. He is a great asset to our F&V team! Doug always makes himself available to assist other offices with his technical expertise.”

– Gary Bartow, East Michigan Group Manager

Name:  Doug Stevens, PE

Years of experience: 29 total; 13 years in general contracting and 16 years in consulting.

Your hidden talent (or a fun fact):  I am on a curling league.

What superhero talent do you wish you had?  Invisibility.

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

How or when did you know you wanted to be an engineer? What’s your earliest recollection, if any? When I was 11, I was doing drafting at home, on my own.

What’s been your favorite F&V project to work on and why? How did it make a difference to the community? Karegnondi Water Authority (KWA). It’s a large transmission water main project that was fast tracked. It provides raw water to communities that were using the Detroit water system.

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 would love to work on any large water distribution project because it usually brings treated water to customers that are reliant on their own wells.

What is your favorite thing about F&V’s culture and what do you add/contribute to the culture? Helping others understand new technology.

Why is engineering important? / Why are you excited to be a part of engineers week? As civil engineers, we help communities plan for repair/replacement of infrastructure that is quickly reaching its life expectancy.

What are you most looking forward to in 2019? (career-wise or in general) Because of our continued growth, I look forward to taking on larger projects.