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 more personal level. Sean Merrell PE, PTOE, RAS is a Senior Project Manager at BGE, Inc. and the incoming ASCE Texas Section President Elect. Get to know more about Sean below.
When did you first get involved with ASCE at any level (student chapter, local branch, section)?
Texas A&M Student Chapter in the late 90’s. I served on the Steel Bridge team for 4 years and eventually became the TAMU Student Chapter President.
What’s your most memorable project?
The design for the first multilane roundabout in Frisco. I also designed and optimized the signal timings along a 12-mile corridor on FM 518 for 35 signals.
What do you love the most about being a civil engineer?
Seeing infrastructure I design be implemented and built to better our society.
Give us three words to describe what a civil engineer does:
1) Problem solver. 2) Designer. 3) Builder.
What is the biggest challenge civil engineers face today?
There is a lack of funding to properly maintain what we have built. There is also a lack of understanding by the general public about how long different parts of our infrastructure will last.
What is your favorite holiday?
It’s a tie between Halloween and St. Patrick’s Day.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Watching movies and playing games with my two children.
Who is the most famous person you have met?
President George H.W. Bush
What is your favorite band?
Give us your best (clean) joke:
Why do we park on a driveway but drive on a parkway? Why do your feet smell but your nose runs?