- Civil Engineering
An in-depth interview that could help determine whether you'd like to become a geotechnical engineer.
When Karen Savage decided to start her own engineering company back in 1997, she wasn’t quite sure what she was getting into. With a one year old daughter in tow, she had to work hard to establish herself in a male dominated industry while also balancing her career with her responsibilities at home. Today, Horizon Engineering is a booming enterprise that takes on about 250 projects every year and employs a crew of 20 talented staff. But although Karen’s life looks almost nothing like it did 30 years ago, one thing has remained the same from the very beginning: her unwavering belief in the power of diversity.
“With twenty people working at Horizon, we have eight languages and 40% female engineers,” she tells me with a proud smile. “It takes all different kinds of people to make a good team ... diversity enhances excellence.”