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Amanda Smayda, PE, ENV SP

Associate, Infrastructure

Amanda’s nearly two decades of structural engineering experience provide her the knowledge and leadership to lead the Infrastructure group in JQ’s Fort Worth office. As a Senior Project Manager, she focuses on structural analysis and design, construction management and client interaction for water and wastewater facilities across the state. She holds the Envision Sustainability Professional (ENV SP) designation, which applies the principles of sustainability to infrastructure projects.

Education: BS in Architecture, Texas Tech University; MS in Civil Engineering, Texas Tech University

Year Started at JQ: 2012

Hometown: El Paso, TX

Talk to me about: Knitting, old movies, my fur babies (a cat, a dog and two bunnies), Texas Tech football

People would be surprised if they knew: Between undergrad and grad school I spent a month or so working at a car dealership selling cars. I even won 2nd place in a sales contest.

What made you want to become an engineer: I had always thought I wanted to be an architect. Then I got into my design studios and found out how subjective it can be. About that time I was taking my structural and construction related courses and realized that’s what I wanted to do.

What are you most passionate about in your profession: Providing a quality project and ultimately having a happy owner. Also, continuously looking to learn new things. I learn something new every day and strive to use what I’ve learned to make every project better than the last.