Employee Spotlight: Jamie Bates


Employee Spotlight: Jamie Bates

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With 5 years of experience in the industry, Jamie Bates has recently joined our Geotechnical team as a Project Engineer. She provides geotechnical engineering services by developing recommendations of shallow and deep foundations, retaining walls, pavements, engineered fill, settlement, slope stability, and seismic design. Jamie assists clientele by preparing competitive proposals specific to their needs and providing value engineering focused reports in a timely manner. She is well versed in planning and implementing site explorations, laboratory testing, analysis and calculations, and project deliverables. Jamie is also experienced with soil and rock classifications, as well as performing ASTM geotechnical laboratory testing procedures. Jamie specializes in ground improvement techniques, pavement evaluation and design.  She enjoys working on agricultural projects, hospitals, pavement design, and much more. She is a proud member of the Society of Women Engineers and Building Contractors Association of Northeast Indiana

Jamie holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Purdue University Fort Wayne, and is an Engineer Intern (EI) in Indiana. Jamie has managed numerous private and public sector projects across Northern Indiana, Northwest Ohio, and Southern Michigan. She has worked providing geotechnical engineering services for municipalities, land developers, large manufacturing, commercial and agricultural facilities, school corporations and universities, and several architectural and engineering firms. These geotechnical projects have included subsurface/forensic investigations, ground improvement, pipeline and road infrastructure improvements, foundation design, specialty surface and subsurface testing and pavement design. 

What motivates you to come to work?
My main source of motivation comes from being able to provide for my immediate family, which includes my husband, Bryan, and puppy, Moe. I am driven to provide assistance to my clients, and take pride in knowing I aided and ultimately made a project successful.

What is your favorite quote?
"Let Go, Let God" - I will be the first to admit that I am somewhat of a control freak. This quote reminds me that I don't have control over all things life related and to not get stressed out when something doesn't go as planned. Also, it's a reminder to stay trusting in my faith and God.


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