Featured Member - salvador sanchez, jr.
Salvador is a Water Resources Engineer at Rick Engineering Company
Favorite Place You've Visited:
My favorite place that I have visited would have to be Okinawa, Japan. Earlier this year, I took a 2 week vacation to visit my cousin in the Air Force who is stationed at Kadena Air Base. It was my first time traveling to Japan and I had a wonderful time visiting the local castle ruins and museums on the island, touring military aircraft at the air base, and of course enjoying the local cuisine.
Why YMF Matters to You:
YMF is important to me as a valuable networking tool. The monthly meetings and social events are great opportunities to meet and interact with YMF members and experienced industry professionals. The industry professionals who donate their time to present topics at monthly meetings and share their experiences in the engineering industry are also valuable sources of information. Overall, I feel ASCE YMF is a great organization that encourages young professionals to develop “soft skills” and foster relationships with other engineers, as well as provide a forum to learn and discuss the latest information in the industry.
Before developing my focus on Civil Engineering in college, I had an interest in music. I played drums in high school and college band, and various other groups. I would say one of my proud achievements was performing with my indoor drumline group which placed 4th at the WGI Percussion World Championships Competition. It was an incredibly thrilling experience being part of a group of talented musicians, and performing in front of large audiences.
I was born and raised in San Diego, and lived most of my life in National City. I attended Sweetwater High School from 2006-2009 and graduated San Diego State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering in May 2015.
What is your favorite thing about your career?
My favorite thing about my career in water resources is the creative thinking process that happens when working with a group of motivated individuals, and the polished ideas that come out of that process. I believe that as Civil Engineers, creative problem solving is one of the most important skills to refine, both in the public and private sectors, and working with others is a great way to share and refine these great ideas and problem solving skills. I also enjoy feeling that the work we do has such an influence on the world around us.