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FHWA Works: Employee Spotlight - Marissa Romero
Full Name: Marissa Romero
Title: Division Bridge Engineer
Division/Department: Arizona Division Office
Location: Phoenix, AZ
What is your current position and how long have you been in this role?
I am the Division Bridge Engineer and I have been in this position for two and a half years.
What is your typical workday like?
My mission consists of serving the American public by passionately working to improve the construction, inspection, and maintenance of our Nation’s infrastructure. On a daily basis, I shepherd both highway and bridge projects from conception through completion, oversee the bridge inspection activities for integrity, and work with our State and local partners to set the course for our bridge program in Arizona.
What has been your biggest accomplishment over the last year?
In the Fall of 2015, I was balancing work in the Division Office, taking four onsite classes at Arizona State University, and trying to keep up with my commitment to fitness, family and friends. That semester, I earned a 3.9 GPA which was paramount in putting me closer to achieving my master’s in Construction Engineering (expected December 2016).
Prior to working at FHWA, what was the most unusual or interesting job you've ever had?
Early in my undergraduate career, I was a Recreation Team Leader for the Police Activities League located in Southern California. I would lead key activities at our summer camps for elementary and middle school kids and my duties included facilitating arts, crafts, field trips to the water/theme parks, dodgeball tournaments, and all the cool things kids love.
What are your hobbies in your spare time?
I am definitely a "Crossfit Junkie." Outside of the workplace you can catch me at my "box" or crossfit gym lifting weights, flipping tires, doing pull-ups etc. I also enjoy hiking the beautiful trails of Arizona. Lately, my newest hobby is creating vlogs for my YouTube channel (a vlog is basically a video version of a blog).
What is one of the biggest lessons you have learned in your career to get you where you are today?
I learned several lessons during my two-year Professional Development Program. Multiple times I accepted challenges that required me to step out of my comfort zone such as living in a rural mountain town during my construction assignment, designing my first concrete bridge, and traveling around the nation completing job-related and technical trainings.
Complete this sentence: "People would be surprised if they knew..."
I completed the 24-mile North to South Rim Grand Canyon hike in 12 hours and 10 minutes.
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