Seth Carlton, PE
Senior Project Manager | Buildings
As a team lead in the Dallas office, Seth enjoys the collaborative problem-solving process, finding novel and effective solutions to complex problems, and watching his colleagues succeed. He feels that while many designs are complex in their final form, effective designs are complex because they layer and combine many simple ideas together in novel ways. Seth employs that design philosophy leading JQ teams on commercial, educational and municipal projects.
Education: MS in Civil Engineering, University of Oklahoma; BS in Architectural Engineering, University of Oklahoma
Year Started at JQ: 2013
Hometown: Flower Mound, Texas
Talk to me about: What books I’m reading
What’s the greatest risk you have ever taken? Shark diving right after being discharged from the hospital when in South Africa.
What made you want to become an engineer? From an early age, I was fascinated when new houses would be built in our neighborhood. I would climb over the framing as if they were jungle gyms, go home, and try to draw the floor plans from memory. In high school, I made my mind up that I wanted to study architecture and engineering.
What are you most passionate about in your profession? Being a leader in the field, especially as it pertains to enhanced BIM (parametric modeling) and design optimization (computational design). Advancements in computational design tools enable engineers to go beyond producing a single accurate design, to evaluating many designs quickly and finding an optimal one. Modeling software is empowering designers to experiment with novel and complex forms, pushing back the boundaries of what previously was impractical to document and construct. We’ve had the opportunity to push those boundaries on a few projects recently and I look forward to seeing what other work we will do in the future.