Celebrating the Sixth Annual Professional Engineers Day

We’re joining the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) in recognizing Professional Engineers Day on Aug. 4 and celebrating the engineers who keep the world running safely.

Freese and Nichols actively supports NSPE. Our Tricia Hatley, Executive Vice President of Operations for the Central Plains and Southeastern U.S., is a longtime leader in the organization, recently finished her term as NSPE President. She’ll now serve as immediate past president for one year.

Whether it’s designing highways or planning out water resources for cities, engineers shape the infrastructure of tomorrow, and it’s important to celebrate them on Professional Engineers Day.

At Freese and Nichols, our commitment to our engineers and the profession runs deep.

We support them at every stage of their career:

  • Paying licensing fees for them to take the PE test
  • Offering a day off to take the exam
  • Paying dues for our staff for one professional organization annually or half of two organizations
  • Offering tuition reimbursement
  • Pairing young engineers with more senior staff through our mentoring program
  • Offering internal training with senior leadership, such as project manager training.

Here’s what some of our engineers say about the value of being a PE:

Hema Jayaseelan, Ph.D., PE
Structural, Oklahoma City

Having a PE license gives me a sense of credibility and responsibility. Working in the water and waste water industry helps me to hold high standards towards ethical conduct and in keeping public safety as a fundamental priority.


Sergio Soria, ENV SP, PE
Program Management/Stormwater, Charlotte

I became a PE to be able to provide the most positive impact to my community and help protect homes, businesses and people from stormwater problems. My dad, who is a retired engineer, inspired me to be the best engineer I could be and has encouraged me throughout my career.


Forest Hunt, PE
Treatment, Transmission and Utilities, Atlanta

To me, being a PE means shouldering the responsibility of sustaining our society and helping provide and improve access to all basic needs for all people.


Janine Nguyen, PE
Water/Wastewater Transmission and Utilities, Fort Worth

Becoming a licensed civil PE is how I show commitment to this profession. PEs shoulder not only the responsibility for their work, but also for the lives impacted by that work. As a water/wastewater engineer, I am looking forward to leading projects that will help build strong, resilient communities.


Rachel Adkisson, PE
Water/Wastewater Treatment, Pearland

Becoming a licensed PE has allowed me to contribute in more ways on projects and to take on more responsibility in serving my community and helping to improve water and wastewater facilities.


Andrea Druhot, PE
Water/Wastewater Master Planning, Atlanta

I became a PE because it shows my colleagues and clients that I am committed – committed to working hard for licensure, committed to continually growing and learning as a civil engineer, and committed to bringing engineering excellence to serve our clients.