Board Member Spotlight
- Joel or JR Lagade
- Tetra Tech, Inc.
Where did you grow up?
America's Finest City! San Diego, CA.
What made you want to become an engineer? If you had to choose a different career what would it be?
I owe my aspiration to get into engineering in general to my high school AP Stats / Computer Science teacher Mrs. Shirley Miranda! Without her and helping me get into COSMOS at UCSD and then observing ISEF (International Science and Engineering Fair), I would most definitely not be where I am at today. I ultimately chose civil engineering when I got into UC Irvine because the presentation for aerospace engineering was really boring (sorry!) versus the presenter for civil engineering who was energetic. I was particulary drawn to the direct effect we have in improving people's lives through infrastructure.
If I had to choose a different career path, I would have gone to a liberal arts university so that I can be in sitcoms, be a comedian, or even a DJ. I love entertaining people and making sure everyone has a grand ol' time.
What college(s) did you attend? Can you list your degrees, any honors, and involvement in engineering organizations during school?
I attended the University of California, Irvine and obtained a BS in Civil Engineering - Specialization in Environmental Hydrology and Water Resorces. In regards to engineering, I was a part of the inaugural Engineering Global Brigades, Chi Epsilon, ASCE, Engineering Student Council, and the Pre-Engineering Prep Program.
Currently I am an Assistant Environmental Engineer at Tetra Tech (Irvine) in an operating unit focused on environmental assessment, management, and remediation. A major project that I've been a part of since its conception is investigating and remediating perchlorate and chromium impacted soil and groundwater in Henderson, Nevada. We are currently implementing an experimental remedial technology known as soil flushing to release and transport contaminants present in the vadose and saturated zones for extraction and treatment. From field work, drafting, and reporting, I've dabbled in every aspect of this grand project.
Non-Project Work Responsibilities
Within our operating unit, I help lead in planning community service events and social activities. I also fill the office with great music.
Knowing that my work directly affects society and its function.
How has ASCE impacted your work and/or what is your favorite benefit of your involvement?
I've definitely been heavily influenced by the mentors I've gained at the Branch level and the contemporaries I surround myself with. When I feel that I am overwhelmed with work, my mentors and friends in ASCE give me great advice and when I succeed, they continue to push me to not be complacent. The best benefit in my opinion is the relationships I have gained since being involved with ASCE.
- Basketball. I bleed Purple and Gold! Through thick or thin, I've been through it all with the Lakers. I have never even stepped in a wagon before.
- My current hobbies and interests include traveling, DJing, dancing, long walks on the beach, candlelit dinners, and introspection while listening to 90's hep-hawp.