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Volunteer Spotlight: Jon Mulligan

Community Engineering Corps is proud to have volunteers from all across the country (and the world!) join our ranks to work in collaboration with communities throughout the USA. Follow our Volunteer Spotlight series to find out more about the diverse and dedicated people who make our program possible!

CECorps Affiliation: EWB-USA Northern Virginia Professionals Chapter
Employment: Structural Designer at Bechtel National, Inc.
Education: B.S. Civil & Infrastructure Engineering, George Mason University

Professional Experience

Most exciting project that you’ve worked on in your career: The project I am currently assigned to at Bechtel, a large government project that forces me to work with a myriad of disciplines.

What drew you to this field of work: The desire to help those in need in meeting their infrastructure deficiencies. I enjoyed my math and science classes in grade school and wanted to pursue a career that allowed me to apply those concepts.

Biggest career challenge: Struggling through my college career; I failed several core engineering classes, never had an internship, and failed to sign-up for the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam on two occasions. But I am proud that I persevered; in the end, what was important to me was gaining the knowledge and skills to help communities in need.

Biggest professional accomplishment: Being asked to present at the 2016 EWB-USA Midwest Regional Conference on behalf of the CECorps, and then being selected to present on behalf of EWB-USA and the CECorps at the NOGLSTP’s 2017 Out to Innovate Career Summit.

CECorps Experience

CECorps project(s) that you’ve worked on: Cedar Gulch Water Treatment Assessment

Why do you choose to devote time to volunteering: I choose to devote my time to volunteering because I love helping people. I have been blessed with the love and support of my wife, family, friends, and peers and in return, I want to give back to the community any way I can.

What’s a favorite story from your experience(s) volunteering with CECorps: A favorite story of mine was conducting the project’s first assessment trip: It was the first trip I ever took as a member of EWB-USA. It was extremely rewarding meeting and talking to the community we were working with.

Fun Facts

What are some of your favorite hobbies and interests: In my spare time, I enjoy cooking, golfing, and traveling.

What is something people would be surprised to know about you: I currently bike approximately 13.5 miles each way, to and from work (at just above a snail’s pace).

What’s your favorite show to binge watch: It would be a toss up between Mystery Science Theater 3000 or Seinfeld.