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LaTisha Garrett, PE

LaTisha Garrett, PE is a Structural Engineer at Langan. She has 14 years of structural design experience including steel and wood framing and reinforced concrete. She specializes in foundations and retaining walls. LaTisha has an Associate's Degree in Construction Management from Community College of Philadelphia, a Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering from Temple University, and a Master's Degree in Civil Engineering from Villanova University. She's also an American Council on Exercise (ACE) certified group fitness instructor and a Math tutor.

How/when did you realize you wanted to be a civil engineer? / Why did you first study engineering?

I was an Art major in high school. It was during the month that we used cityscapes to study perspective views that my interest in buildings was sparked. I entered college in the architecture program and switched into engineering after taking the introduction to engineering course. I realized that I lacked the creativity necessary to make a building aesthetically pleasing but thoroughly enjoyed and excelled in the problem solving required to make a building function - stand. Civil Engineering is Math and problem solving with an appreciation for Art, which fits me perfectly.

What do you enjoy most about your current position? Your career as a civil engineer?

The most enjoyable part about my position and career is watching my designs come to life on the construction site and then seeing the finished products in use. Many people take for granted that structures function as intended. I enjoy being a part of ensuring that they do.

What advice would you give young female engineers entering the civil engineering workforce?

I would tell young female engineers to set career goals with intermediate steps. Your goal(s) may change over time, but keep something defined before you to strive for. In the beginning, explore to determine your niche. Civil Engineering is a broad field. But don’t get stuck in a position that you’re not interested in that’s not a step toward your goal just because it’s where you’ve found yourself. Set your goals without considering the accomplishments or failures of anyone else. Don’t settle.