We are excited to announce the acquisition of Vision Engineering & Planning, a transportation planning and engineering DBE firm with offices in Columbia, MD and Atlanta, GA.
Charles Cochran, a Project Manager on the Traffic Team, is November’s Featured Associate! Charles is celebrating 5 years with Sain this month. He loves working at Sain because of his great bosses: “Jeff Stephenson, Jim Meads, and Becky White have all made me a better engineer by encouraging, mentoring, challenging, and empowering me.”
We asked Charles a few questions to get to know him better…
Q: Tell us a little about yourself.
A: I grew up in Montgomery, AL where I went to LAMP High School. I went to the University of Alabama and graduated with a B.S. and M.S. in Civil Engineering. I am a licensed P.E. and PTOE. Prior to coming to Sain, I worked at the Mississippi Department of Transportation.
Q: Tell us a little bit about your family.
A: My wife, Molly, and I have been married for 3 years and we have a little 8 lb. Pomeranian named Nugget. I have one brother who is also a Civil Engineer.
Q: What three words best describe you?
A: Problem-solver. Even-keeled. Tall.
Q: What are your top life highlights?
A: Getting married and becoming a licensed Professional Engineer.
Q: What are your hopes for our industry?
A: Vision Zero .
Q: What aspect of your role do you enjoy the most?
A: I like being able to work on projects that can help save lives and cut down on everybody’s travel times.
Q: What book did you read last?
A: I finished up A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking last month, and now I am in the middle of Carry Me Home by Diane McWhorter.
Q: What did you want to be when growing up?
A: An ESPN Anchor.
Q: What do you like to do in your spare time?
A: This time of year, I like watching football and grilling out with friends. I also like to do a little gardening. This year I had a bunch of different pepper plants, tomatoes, cucumbers, and one disappointing watermelon plant.
Q: What is your favorite sport? Team?
A: I can watch NFL all day long. I’m a big Packers, Bulls, and Crimson Tide fan. I was able to attend 3 national championship games while I was a student at Alabama (all of which we won of course)!
Q: What is your hidden talent?
A: I’m a good cook. I can make some awesome shrimp and grits.