10 Questions with MacKenzie Guilliams

Where would you spend all your time if you could?
In parks or gardens. I find them to be the most relaxing places to spend time.

How different was your life one year ago?
Very different. I was in my final year of college at UC Davis a year ago. The jump from college to working as a full-time engineer is a big change!

Where is the most interesting place you’ve been?
Taiwan. The people and culture there are fantastic.

What’s worth spending more on to get the best?
Anything with a useful lifetime greater than 10 years, or anything you use more than a couple hours a day.

What could you give a 40-minute presentation on with absolutely no preparation?
Houseplants. The different varieties, ideal environmental conditions, and typical care.

What skill would you like to master?
Ceramic wheel throwing.

What job would you be terrible at?
Entomologist. Bugs terrify me!

What is the best part of your job?
All of it! Although I especially enjoy creating deliverables (tech memos, graphics, figures, etc.) that explain the results of an analysis clearly and concisely for a client.

How did you get into engineering?
I grew up next to Folsom Lake and saw how water resource issues affected the local community and the surrounding environment. I knew then that I wanted to get into engineering with water!

What do you do for your job?
I work as a Junior Engineer in the Hydrology and Hydraulics group. I typically assist with hydraulic modeling, post processing and analyzing results, and technical memorandum writing to help clients understand the impacts of projects.