Spotlight – Eric West
Eric West is a firm principal, civil engineer and sector director of the Site Development Team. Eric started his professional career at PSC as soon as he graduated from Texas Tech University. He takes pride in every project and has been recognized by the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Texas Society of Professional Engineers. His passion resonates with the teams he works with and the clients he serves.
Q. What do you enjoy most about your job?
EW: As I have since I was a kid, I really enjoy seeing something that was just an idea in my head turn into a reality. I love seeing an innovative design, or a unique plan get built, utilized, and enjoyed by others.
Q. What is one of your greatest accomplishments in the time you’ve been at PSC?
EW: The thing I take the most pride in for my time at PSC is the people that I’ve worked with and that have worked for me. Of the people I have supervised, four have been named associates of the firm at a time they were working for me. Also, four of PSC’s current team leaders came from my original team, and I’ve had the privilege of working alongside a number of great project managers and leaders of other areas of our firm. If nobody remembers the projects I’ve done, but someone recognizes the people I’ve influenced, that’ll be a great accomplishment.
Q. Describe a time you were challenged during a project. How did you overcome that challenge?
EW: I remember a project many years ago for TxDOT that was primarily a landscape enhancement project. I knew nothing about plants or irrigation systems, but I did know how to get a set of plans completed for TxDOT. We had some great landscape architects that didn’t have TxDOT experience, so I became the liaison to translate the language of each one to the other. That project took a lot of late nights working and reworking plans and communicating across offices, disciplines, and divisions of the company, but in the end it was highly successful for us and the client.
Q. How have your previous experiences prepared you for your role with PSC?
EW: I didn’t have a lot of other work experiences, because I came to PSC straight out of college. However, during college I worked as a research assistant, taught a fluids lab class and was a counselor at a youth summer camp. Those experiences, whether I recognized it at the time or not, were preparing me for leadership. They were moments that stretched me out of my comfort zone and created growth opportunities. Much later, I started to draw on that same idea when called upon to lead projects, people or professional societies.
Q. What is one of your favorite projects? Why is that project one of your favorites?
EW: I’ll always get excited to talk about two projects, the first one I ever worked on, and whatever project comes next. I’m constantly looking ahead to making the most of any project I get to work on, but I would be lying if I said I didn’t still enjoy driving on a Loop Frontage Road that was my first real project to work beginning to end about 19 years ago.