Megan Chang, PE
What inspired you to become a Professional Engineer?
I’ve always loved looking at and learning about buildings; from their history/construction process to how their divided spaces service those who use them. Even when I was a little kid, my family would walk around and through houses that were under construction. I’d try to imagine what the finished product would look like. When I decided to pursue a degree (and then a profession) in the construction industry, I learned that my alma mater didn’t offer architecture, so I chose to become a structural engineer instead!
What is your client service philosophy?
My client service philosophy can be summed up by “Do it with a smile”. As a design professional, quality work and service is expected equally from all parties. You wouldn’t have clients otherwise. When all is said and done, how you get the job done is just as important as doing the job itself. When you enjoy working for and with your clients (and let them know that), then the end product appears that much better.
What is the most rewarding aspect of being a part of TETER’s Structural Engineering Division?
The most rewarding aspect is contributing to the design of local projects. I like having a positive impact and helping to shape the built community that I live in. It’s very satisfying to drive by and explore a project upon its completion. Plus working with friendly, knowledgeable professionals during the design process is a big perk.
What is your favorite lesson learned project story?
My favorite lesson learned project story is actually a lesson I’ve learned on all my projects: “You don’t know what you don’t know”. Whether it’s providing calculations for a project, drawing up details, communicating with the client, or visiting the site … there’s always something new to learn and incorporate on the next project. I continually try to improve. Keeping a humble and open mind is essential. And constantly learning new things is exciting!
What do you do for fun?
Time is a precious commodity with small children. So when I can steal a few moments for myself, I covet reading a good novel, jogging, or cooking. Being able to catch up and spend time with family and friends are really important. I always enjoy a good meal, long conversation, and whatever activity/excuse facilitates that … lately it’s been European-style board games.
What non-profit organization do you support and why?
My husband and I love supporting our local church. It’s a great way to become involved in both our local community through various service projects (such as food drives and retirement home visits) and in the global community through events and ministries worldwide (such as Children of the Nations). In addition to that, we’ve been able to meet and show love to our friends/neighbors and see the gospel transform lives.