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Engineering Week 2024

IDOT Blog – Friday, February 16, 2024

Kevin Finn, Mixtures Control Engineer

"I would like the public to know that all the people who work at IDOT really do care about making the transportation systems of Illinois better for the traveling public. We work hard and have pride in what we accomplish."

Shilpa Mandapuram, Squad Engineer

"Growing up, I was inspired by a civil engineer in my family. I was motivated to help society and always wanted to be a civil engineer. I knew the most direct way to reach my goal was to work for IDOT and create an impact by building safer roads where everyone could go home safely at the end of the day."

Luke Murphy, District Geotechnical Engineer

"An embankment on Illinois 106 failed and was causing mudslides. I designed a solution to create a wall to stabilize the embankment with three rows of buried drill shafts. With this design, invisible from the road, the drill shafts are taking most of the load."

Marcos Portillo, Senior Resident Engineer

"Even if you don’t see anyone working when you’re driving on a road or bridge, we’re working every day behind the scenes to make sure we get everything done as fast as possible in order to get everyone where they need to go safely."

Tiffany Sun, Assistant Squad Engineer

"In five years, we will see increased integration of smart technologies for engineering. In 10, innovative materials may be developed for more sustainable highway systems. In 20, the landscape may transform with the adoption of autonomous vehicles and advanced traffic systems."

Casey Teckenbrock, Bridge Maintenance Engineer

"IDOT is a great place to work and build a career. You can be challenged in many different aspects of work and engineering. If you are willing to work hard, you can make a difference no matter what department you are in."

Brandy Kennedy, Resident Engineer

“Explore the benefits of IDOT’s DATE program. The DATE program provides engineers an opportunity to sharpen their technical knowledge, explore their interests and work with experienced engineers to increase their individual problem-solving skills.”