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 Michael Whitten. Here at RLG, Michael is a Engineer on the Structural Team.
Michael graduated from Texas A&M- Texarkana with a degree in Accounting and from The University of Arkansas with a degree in Civil Engineering. He has been working in the field of structural engineering for almost 14 years. Mr. Whitten has experience in the design of low to mid rise structures for everything from athletic and civic facilities to commercial and retail buildings. Away from RLG, he enjoys spending time with his family, sports, drawing, and cooking.
How long have you been at RLG?
I previously worked at RLG from 2016-2017. I moved home and I came back to Dallas two years ago…and came back to RLG!
How did you hear about RLG? Why did you want to work here?
Having previously worked here, I knew the people and felt comfortable with the various teams. Prior to coming back, I worked for a consulting group that specialized in forensic investigations across the various engineering disciplines. After having done that for a while I felt I was more valuable in design and RLG has a team atmosphere that I have grown to appreciate.
What is the most challenging project you've worked on during your time here so far?
The repair of the roof structure at my old junior high school gymnasium. The building was built in the early 1950s and the roof structure consisted of wood bow string trusses girders that spanned over 50 feet. At some point in time, the bottom of some of the truss girders split causing the ceiling tile to drop. With the help of our strengthening and repair studio we designed a repair for the truss.
What’s the most important thing you’ve learned at RLG?
The most important thing I have learned is to never underestimate the value of a team. If one succeeds we all succeed.
What’s your favorite thing about working in your Department here?.
My favorite thing about working in my department is the people. There are different personalities that make things interesting. Everyone has a strength or aptitude that they contribute to the team. It is always interesting to watch everyone come together.
What's the first thing that you do when you start working every day?
First thing I do is check my email. Then, I review tasks for the day.
What’s your workspace like? Minimalist? Homey? Neat?
I try to go minimalist, but that always fails. Definitely not homey. I have my own organization system. That is to say I know where things are located.
Do you have a go-to sound or song that you listen to when you need to just start working?
Nothing specific. My taste in music is all over the place so it changes pretty frequently.
If RLG announced a last-minute day off for tomorrow, what would you do with your suddenly free day?
I would perhaps find a place to go hit the golf balls around. I enjoy drawing, cooking, keeping tabs on the weather, tinkering with my jeep, and cooking. I love to challenge myself in the kitchen.
What would you do if you weren’t working at RLG?
It is hard to say. I would probably be a meteorologist. I like to think I have the personality for it.
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.