Meet Rebecca Cummins PE
The ASCE Texas Section Board of Direction members were asked to fill out a questionnaire so that the Section’s members might get to know them a little better on a personal level. These are Rebecca Cummins PE’s answers.
When did you first get involved with ASCE at any level (student chapter, local branch, section)?
I first became involved with ASCE as a sophomore in college by joining the steel bridge team and attending the student chapter meetings. After graduation and moving back to Houston, I started getting involved in the Houston branch. I also have been a volunteer judge for the Region 6 (formerly Texas-Mexico) Student Symposiums. I currently serve the Houston Branch as the Sandcastle Team co-chair and the Texas Section as one of the First Year Directors at Large.
What is your favorite thing about ASCE?
My favorite thing about ASCE is its accessibility at different levels. There’s a place for students, recent graduates just starting their careers, those well into their careers, and everyone in between. You’re also able to contribute in ways that engage you in a meaningful way, such as being involved in a committee you’re excited about or getting involved in leadership at the Branch level, Section level, and beyond.
What do you love the most about being a civil engineer?
The impact I have on the community’s quality of life – the work that I do will directly benefit my family, neighbors, and friends. Civil engineers are also incredibly passionate about the work they do, and I love being part of this awesome community that challenges, motivates, and inspires each other.
Give us three words to describe what a civil engineer does
Communicate, Forward-Thinking, Lead
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I’ve recently taken up gardening: I have a small vegetable and herb garden in my backyard. It’s fun to see what kinds of vegetables I can grow that I can eventually prepare a meal with. I also love visiting national parks and camping, I try to go on a big trip at least once a year!
If a tomato is a fruit, does that make ketchup a smoothie?
Yes, but I will decline any offers to drink ketchup if offered to me! Counter question – is a hot dog a taco?
Give us your best (clean) joke
Two muffins are sitting in an oven. The first muffin leans over to the second muffin and says, “It sure is getting hot in here…” The second muffin looks at the first muffin and yells, “Aah! A talking muffin!”
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