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Engineer Intern Spotlight

The Board of Licensure would like to shine a spotlight on some of the talented young Engineer Interns enrolled to practice in the State of Mississippi.  Enrollees featured on this page are selected randomly.

April 2021 Engineer Intern Spotlight: Reid Edward Haygood, EI

Reid Edward Haygood, EI

The Mississippi Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Surveyors would like to shine a spotlight on Engineer Intern Reid Edward Haygood.  Reid graduated from Mississippi State university in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering.  He currently works with Neel-Schaffer in Jackson, MS.  Learn more about Reid and why professional licensure is important to him below:

Q1. Why did you choose engineering?

In high school, my dad encouraged me to start researching different careers that I might be interested in. He helped me by setting up several shadowing opportunities and a few meetings with department heads at MSU. When I met with Dr. Dennis Truax, Department Head of MSU’s School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, he showcased all the great career opportunities civil engineering provided. I’ll never forget Dr. Truax asking me “What do you want to leave behind when you are six feet under?” I realized I wanted to use my career to rebuild America’s aging infrastructure and leave behind quality roadway projects that will serve my community long after I am gone.

Q2. What would you say to young people, who might be interested in STEM careers such as engineering or surveying?

Working in a STEM career will require lifelong learning, so explore the world around you as much as you can. I would encourage you to find something that you are curious about and research how it was built, how it works, or why it was built the way it was built. There are great resources such as the Smarter Everyday You Tube channel or MythBusters TV show that make learning and asking questions very exciting!

Q3. Tell us where you see yourself or hope to be in two to five years.

In five years, I hope to be a Professional Engineer that has mastered the OpenRoads design software. I hope to establish myself as a hardworking, competent Engineer that my clients can depend on for quality roadway design services.

Q4. Why is professional licensure important to you?

Professional licensure is important to me because it requires engineers to put the health, safety, and welfare of the public first. When something is designed by a licensed Professional Engineer, whether it be a bridge or a water supply system, I can have confidence that it is safe to use and that it was designed by someone who knew what they were doing.




March 2021 Engineer Intern Spotlight: Hannah Grace Prater Denson, EI

Hannah Grace Prater Denson, EI

The Mississippi Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Surveyors would like to shine a spotlight on Engineer Intern Hannah Grace Prater Denson.  Hannah is a graduate of the University of Mississippi where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering.  Three years later she received a Master of Engineering degree from Mississippi State University.  If you are like us, you are probably wondering who Hannah is rooting for when the Egg Bowl rolls around.  One thing is for sure; either way she wins.    

Learn more about Hannah and why professional licensure is important to her below:

Q1. Why did you choose engineering?

Engineering honestly chose me. I started college with the intent of doing something completely different and using a general engineering degree to get there. However, once I started taking the introduction to engineering classes I felt a connection to civil engineering. The fact that you can imagine (or design), build, use, and study a road or a bridge and take a simple thought from paper designs all the way through to the construction really appealed to me.

Q2. What would you say to young people, who might be interested in STEM careers such as engineering or surveying?

To younger people interested STEM careers, I would encourage them to take a “safe” risk and pursue a career in engineering. I had not been exposed to many STEM career options outside of medical field professions, however, I chose to take a different path and found a career that is truly fulfilling and allows me to serve my community as I work and grow as an engineer.

Q3. Tell us where you see yourself or hope to be in two to five years.

In 2 – 5 years, I hope to be happy and still working on projects that positively impact the traveling public.

Q4. Why is professional licensure important to you?

I believe that licensure is important to hold us accountable and to act as a reminder that the designs you create have greater impact to the public. I appreciate the requirements needed to obtain licensure, so that those who hold the title are aware and prepared for the responsibility that comes with being licensed.




February 2021 Engineer Intern Spotlight: Zachary Michael Horton, EI

Zachary Horton, EI

The Mississippi Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Surveyors would like to shine a spotlight on Engineer Intern Zachary Michael Horton.  Zachary is a graduate of Thee ........ Jackson State University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. We love that Zachary seeks to and is inspiring others with his life and actions and we appreciate the strength of his responses to our inquiry.  We see great things in his future.

Learn more about Zach and why professional licensure is important to him below:

Q1. Why did you choose engineering?

I chose engineering because in high school I excelled in mathematics and science and had an interest in helping people.  While continuing my education and learning the necessary skills in these aspects,  civil engineering seemed best suited for me.

Q2. What would you say to young people, who might be interested in STEM careers such as engineering or surveying?

I would encourage interested young people to pursue a career in STEM.  Do not be afraid to reach out to others for help, whether on an academic or professional level. The journey is not easy, but the outcome is phenomenal.

Q3. Tell us where you see yourself or hope to be in two to five years.

I see myself continuing my career with the Mississippi Department of Transportation and developing as a professional engineer.  I hope to influence others to follow their dreams, whatever they may be.

Q4. Why is professional licensure important to you?

I feel that professional licensure should be every EIT's goal. It ensures that we are highly competent in engineering and holds us accountable for making the world better. I respect and work with many engineers that serve the public and demonstrate these professional standards.




January 2021 Engineer Intern Spotlight: Megan Elizabeth Finney, EI

Megan Elizabeth Finney, EI

The Mississippi Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Surveyors would like to shine a spotlight on Engineer Intern Megan Elizabeth Finney.  Megan is a graduate of Mississippi State University where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering and she is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Civil Engineering.  We are impressed with Megan's plans for the future as well as her commitment to continuing her education.  We see a PhD in her future. 

Learn more about Megan and why professional licensure is important to her below:

Q1. Why did you choose engineering?

I was that kid that thought memorizing multiplication tables and trigonometric relationships was fun; so I knew I needed to pick a career that involved using and applying math. I also loved the idea of being able to positively impact those around you, and engineers are continually given opportunities to make people’s lives easier and safer.

Q2. What would you say to young people, who might be interested in STEM careers such as engineering or surveying?

I would tell them to go for it! I have never regretted my choice of major or job. There are so many opportunities within engineering, so there is something for everyone. Personally, I think it is amazing and extremely rewarding to be able to work on a project, see it come to life, and be able to visit the site once construction is completed.

Q3. Tell us where you see yourself or hope to be in two to five years.

I see myself continuing to learn new things from my coworkers, being able to take on more responsibilities as an EI, and ultimately gaining my PE license!

Q4. Why is professional licensure important to you?

I think professional licensure holds engineers to a higher standard and ensures they are consistently producing their best work and maintaining the health, safety and welfare of the public.