RLG has amazing employees in its ranks: from industry influencers, travelers, marathon runners, animal lovers, and community leaders. The Employee Spotlight highlights the talented individuals who work here. Each week, we’ll be featuring an interview here on the blog and on our social accounts.
For this week’s Employee Spotlight, we spoke with Chris Carsten. Here at RLG, Chris is an Engineer on the Structural Team.
I was born in Houston, grew up in Austin and have worked in Dallas for the last 9 years (the Texas tour as I like to call it). Since moving to Dallas, I got married, bought a house, and just had a daughter last September. In my free time, when I am not learning how to be a dad, I enjoy outdoor activities such as running, biking, boating, snowboarding, and pretty much anything active. Before Corona Virus, my wife and I did as much traveling as we could and am looking forward to when we can do that again.
How long have you been at RLG?
7 years in September.
How did you hear about RLG? Why did you want to work here?
After graduating in 2011, I went to work as an engineer for a metal building manufacture. I knew I wanted to be a structural engineer and this job gave me that opportunity out of school. However, I knew I did not want to design metal buildings forever and ultimately wanted to switch over to commercial construction. In 2013 I ran into David Bechtel (my now co-worker at RLG) at a mutual friend’s wedding and recognized him from classes we had at Texas A&M. We started talking about work and a few weeks later he reached out to me to see if I would be interested in working at RLG. I interviewed the following week and the rest is history.
What is the most challenging project you've worked on during your time here so far?
I have worked on several challenging projects. However, one that stands out to me is the Create Church project located at George Bush Turnpike and Highway 75 in Richardson, Tx. Churches always present certain challenges and usually have a unique architectural design. This project was no exception.
What’s the most important thing you’ve learned at RLG?
Regardless of what you do for a living it’s important to be passionate about the work that you do. I am thankful to be in an industry where that is easy to do. RLG has taught me the importance of enjoying your work to feel a sense of work life balance.
What’s your favorite thing about working in your Department here?.
Interesting projects and good people.
What's the first thing that you do when you start working every day?
I pull out my paper calendar (I still haven’t gone electronic) and write a list of the things I know I need to do that day and number them by priority.
What’s your workspace like? Minimalist? Homey? Neat?
I try to keep it as organized as I can. Although it may not appear that way to others. As a project manager I work on too many projects simultaneously to not keep some level of organization.
Do you have a go-to sound or song that you listen to when you need to just start working?
I enjoy listening to music during my commute, but don’t typically listen to anything while I am working. For me music can help wake me up and clear my mind, but doesn’t help me when I am trying to think critically.
If RLG announced a last-minute day off for tomorrow, what would you do with your suddenly free day?
I would call my wife to see if her schedule is flexible that day and go rent a boat for a lake day.
What would you do if you weren’t working at RLG?
My wife and I have always thought if we both ever wanted to pursue work outside of our professional careers that we would open a wedding venue. I could manage the logistics/be a handy-man and she would be the one with the vision for making it all happen.
About RLG Consulting Engineers
Founded in 1953 by Raymond L. Goodson, Jr., RLG Consulting Engineers specializes in civil, structural, surveying and forensic engineering. For more than 65 years, RLG has been recognized as one of the top engineering firms in Texas for their ability to attract and retain a talented, experienced team. Known for thorough and meticulous work, RLG has designed major projects in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and throughout the country. The staff of more than 80 employees, includes professional engineers holding licenses in 47 states, graduate engineers and registered professional land surveyors.