Meet Patricia Frayre PE (Frayre Engineering & Consulting, PLLC)
Get to Know Your ASCE Texas Section Board of Direction
ASCE Texas Section Board of Direction members are asked to fill out a questionnaire so Section members can get to know them a little better. Let’s hear from VP of Professional Affairs Patricia Frayre PE:
When did you first get involved with ASCE at any level (student chapter, local branch, section)?
I first learned about ASCE as a student at Texas A&M University. I first became more involved as a young professional with the Houston Branch. I served as a volunteer on the Hospitality committee which is a great way to get to know individuals (i.e. place a person with their name).
What is your favorite thing about ASCE?
My favorite thing about ASCE is the opportunity it affords its members to continue learning and building a network of colleagues and friends. There are folks I’ve met on committees that started out as my colleagues or mentors, who have now become good friends.
How has ASCE helped you in your career?
ASCE has helped me in my career on various fronts, but the one that I appreciate the most is that ASCE has helped me in my career by facilitating opportunities to meet others in the industry or others who represent jurisdictional agencies. It is extremely helpful when a need to communicate with others arises to request information, coordinate an issue, or collaborate on a team. It is much easier to communicate with a person or people one knows as opposed to reaching out to an individual or individuals who one does not know.
What do you love the most about being a civil engineer?
I love that as a civil engineer one directly contributes to the quality-of-life society has grown to expect. Can you imagine the quality of life without sanitation, utilities, transportation, water resources, structures, parks, and greenspaces etc.?
Give us three words to describe what a civil engineer does
Three words to describe what a civil engineer does: plan, manage, and execute (as in accomplish; not kill)😊.
Give us your best 2-3 sentence piece of advice for the next generation of civil engineers
Advice for the next generation of civil engineers: Invest in yourself. Impart your knowledge. Be intentional in your endeavors.
What is your go-to calculator?
I love my HP 32SII RPN Scientific Calculator. Period.
What is your favorite holiday?
My favorite holiday is the Christmas holiday season. I love the joy, hope, and cheer experienced during this holiday. It is so easy to lose sight of the reason for the season, but I love everything that Christmas means to me (Luke 2:1, 3-20). How loved are we?
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Free time? Who knows what THAT is? 😊 When I’m not working, I enjoy spending quality time with my friends and family. I’m extremely fortunate to have my sisters as my absolute best friends and other groups of friends that are my travel best friends, college best friends, former colleague best friends, and so on.
What would your superpower be?
If I were granted a superpower, I would choose teleportation. Can you imagine the amount of time that could be saved in going from Point A to Point B without traversing the physical space between them?!?
Mountains or beach?
I am a fan of both mountains and beaches, but I prefer beaches over mountains. I have vacationed several times in Hawaii, and my absolute favorite island is the highly unique “Garden Island” of Kauai. It is beautiful, lush, and serene. In 2019, I had the opportunity to trek the Machu Picchu Inca trail (a 4-day trek). It was an ADVENTURE that will forever live in my memory as a top 10 vacation destination! I highly encourage taking the Hiram Bingham train after the arduous trek is complete and imbibing a Pisco Sour!
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