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Engineer Spotlight

The Board of Licensure would like to shine a spotlight on some of the talented engineers licensed to practice in the State of Mississippi
Licensees featured on this page are selected randomly.

March 2021 Engineer Spotlight: Cara Brooks Wagner, P.E.

Cara Brooks Wagner, P.E.

The Mississippi Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Surveyors would like to shine a spotlight on Cara Brooks Wagner.  Cara received a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of South Alabama and works as a Civil Engineer with the Pickering Firm on the Mississippi Gulf coast.    

We like Cara's commitment to both her community and professional licensure.  How rewarding to have pride in the work you do and its benefit to your community.  Learn more about Cara below:

Q1. Why did you choose engineering or surveying?

It started with my Dad who is an Engineer.  I remember playing with his HP calculator when I was little and thinking he was the smartest person in the world.  As I got older I really enjoyed math and making a difference which are both a part of engineering, it was a natural fit.

Q2. How long have you been licensed in the State of Mississippi and do you also hold other state licenses?

Since 2015 in Mississippi and recently obtained a Louisiana license in 2019.

Q3. What would you say to young people, who might be interested in STEM careers such as engineering or surveying?

It can be so fun and exciting!  Get out there and find a few people to mentor.  See what really interests and excites you because there are so many options.

Q4.  Tell us about a recent project you worked on that exemplifies why you love being an engineer and / or surveyor. 

Howard Avenue in Biloxi.  The City wanted to revamp the old Vieux Marche area of Biloxi into a new and exciting area with a new brick road, sidewalks, and parking. During construction we found remnants of the old trolley line and brick road that used to be there in the early 1900’s which was really neat to see, especially because I love antiques and things from the past.  Since project completion it has brought new business and people to the area which is nice to see.  Proud to be a part of projects like this.

Q5. Why is professional licensure important to you?

I take what we do very seriously and appreciate that engineers are held to certain standards.  I think we need to continue to show our efforts towards meeting those standards on a consistent basis and licensure helps us do that.



February 2021 Engineer Spotlight: Charles Williams, Jr., P.E., PhD

Charles Williams, Jr. P.E., PhD

The Mississippi Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Surveyors would like to shine a spotlight on Charles Williams, Jr..  Dr. Williams is a graduate of the University of Mississippi, Mississippi State University, Belhaven University and the University of Alabama having several degrees as follows:

  • University of Mississippi, Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, 1996
  • Mississippi State University, Masters of Science in Civil Engineering, 2000
  • Belhaven University, MBA , 2003
  • University of Alabama, PhD  Civil Engineering, 2013

He currently serves as the Director of Public Works and City Engineer for the City of Jackson.   We like

Dr.  Williams' commitment to both learning and the City of Jackson.  Like many, it was a teacher who first inspired him to look at a STEM career.

Learn more about his journey in engineering below:

Q1. Why did you choose engineering or surveying?

My High School Math teacher inspired me to look at a STEM program. I always had a fascination with bridge structures, so I chose Civil Engineering.

Q2. How long have you been licensed in the State of Mississippi and do you also hold other state licenses?

I have been licensed in the State of Mississippi since May 2007.

Q3. What would you say to young people, who might be interested in STEM careers such as engineering or surveying?

Don’t be afraid of a challenge or expanding your mind.  Too often we allow fear to hinder us from being successful.  Engineering is a challenging field, but it is also rewarding.

Q4.  Tell us about a recent project you worked on that exemplifies why you love being an engineer and / or surveyor. 

The City of Jackson is about to improve a much needed corridor in the heart of Jackson (Capitol Street). The  Capitol Street improvements are vital to the sustainability of the area. I am looking forward to the construction, and the completion of the project. This project is a game changer for the West Jackson community.

Q5. Why is professional licensure important to you?

It solidifies an oath each Professional Engineer commits to when passing the PE exam. It is the highest honor for an engineer to have PE placed behind their name. The practice of a PE should always reflect a duty to uphold the highest standards of practice to ensure the welfare and safety of the public is always the first priority.




January 2021 Engineer Spotlight: Colby Willis Kimmel, P.E.

Colby Willis Kimmel, P.E.

The Mississippi Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Surveyors would like to shine a spotlight on Catherine "Colby" Willis Kimmel.  Colby received a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Mississippi in 2008 and she currently serves as an Assistant Roadway Design Division Engineer with the Mississippi Department of Transportation.  She is an active member of Women in Transportation Mississippi. 

We like Colby's commitment to both professional licensure and to providing safe and reliable roadway systems throughout the State of Mississippi.  More about Colby below:

Q1. Why did you choose engineering or surveying?

My father and late grandfather are both Civil Engineers so I grew up watching them.  I have always loved to solve problems and figure out how to make things “fit”.  Engineering, specifically Roadway Design, was just a natural choice for me.

Q2. How long have you been licensed in the State of Mississippi and do you also hold other state licenses?

I have been licensed in the State of Mississippi since May 2014.

Q3. What advice would you give to your younger self (HS grad, college grad, etc)?

Don’t be afraid to ask questions.  Learning is a lifelong process and you are right where you need to be. No one expects you to know everything today.  Each step you take is part of the process.

Q4. What would you say to young people, who might be interested in STEM careers such as engineering or surveying?

One of my father’s favorite quotes while I was growing up was, “Find a job you love, and you will never work a day in your life.”  While I didn’t always listen when I should have, I did listen to this.  Careers in STEM fields are reliable, yet challenging.  They allow us the opportunity to always continue learning, be creative,  and challenge ourselves and our minds.      

Q5. Why is professional licensure important to you?

Professional licensure is important because it is what holds us accountable.  It ensures that we are each honorable and competent in our field of work, thus providing the traveling public with a safe and reliable transportation system.  




December 2020 Engineer Spotlight: T. Wayne Black, P.E.

Wayne T. Black, P.E.

The Mississippi Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Surveyors would like to shine a light on Wayne Black.  Wayne received a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Mississippi State University in 2006 and was named to the Mississippi Business Journals Top 50 under 40 list in 2018.  He currently serves as the Transportation Team Leader at Garver, LLC in their Jackson, MS office.  

His community involvement has included work with Ducks Unlimited, which named him Volunteer of the Year and Area Chairman of the Year, as well as awarded him the State Chairman Award of Excellence. 

We agree with Wayne that life goes by way to fast and that you need to stop and enjoy it.  You can find more of our conversation with Wayne below:

Q1. Why did you choose engineering or surveying?

"I have always had a love for problem solving and an uncle that was a Petroleum Engineer. Since me and chemistry didn’t get along, Civil Engineering was a natural calling."

Q2. How long have you been licensed in the State of Mississippi and do you also hold other state licenses?

"I have been licensed since 2010. I’m also licensed in the State of Georgia."

Q3. What advice would you give to your younger self (HS grad, college grad, etc)?

"Slow down and enjoy it. Life goes by too fast."

Q4. What would you say to young people, who might be interested in STEM careers such as engineering or surveying?

"I would say that they are considering a career that is meaningful, fulfilling and so important that it can literally change the world."

Q5. Why is professional licensure important to you?

"It’s important to me like it should be important to everyone.  It’s a measure of competence and experience to ensure that qualified individuals are designing safe and reliable components of the public’s everyday life. It also ensures these same qualified individuals continue their professional development throughout their career by requiring participation in continuing education."




November 2020 Engineer Spotlight: Maggie Wei, P.E.

Maggie Wei, P.E.

The Mississippi Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Surveyors would like to shine a light on Honghong (Maggie) Wei.  Maggie received a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Sichuan University in China and a Master of Science degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from West Virginia University.  Maggie is currently serving as a Senior Project Engineer with Waggoner Engineering in their Madison, Mississippi office.

We love the pride Maggie has in being a licensed Professional Engineer and echo her sentiments as to why professional licensure is important.  Read on for more of our conversation with Maggie.

Q1.  Why did you choose engineering or surveying?

"I chose engineering as my career because engineers solve problems in our society. As a female engineer, I am proud of myself for being a problem solver for our community."                        

Q2.  How long have you been licensed in the State of Mississippi and do you also hold other state licenses?

"I’ve been licensed in the State of Mississippi since 2015 and I hold licensees in the State of Ohio (2014) and West Virginia (2013)."

Q3.  What advice would you give to your younger self (HS grad, college grad, etc)?

"Be brave and smart in choosing a career which you will love and enjoy."   

Q4.  What would you say to young people, who might be interested in STEM careers such as engineering or surveying?

"Be passionate about your career because that is part of your life. Becoming an engineer is one of my best decisions in my life."

Q5.  Why is professional licensure important to you?

"The professional licensure is important not just because it authorizes an engineer to provide professional services to the public, but also demonstrates an engineer’s adherence to a higher level of standards. It also indicates an engineer’s commitment to ethical practice with the health and safety of the public foremost in your consideration."




October 2020 Engineer Spotlight: Matthew Hosey, P.E.

Matthew Hosey photograph

The Mississippi Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Surveyors would like to shine a light on Matthew Hosey.  Matthew received a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Mississippi.  Currently, he serves as a Project Manager with the Jackson County Board of Supervisors.

We like Matthews encouragement to his high school self.  "Study more!  Its ok to be a nerd."  More from our conversation with Matthew below:

Q1. Why did you choose engineering or surveying?

"I really liked maps and wanted to go into Cartography at first, but then decided Civil Engineering would be better because I would still get to create and read maps as well as do a lot of other really interesting things too.  Also, I had a good amount of time between High School and going to college, during which I worked in various Construction fields.  After working in construction, I thought I could bring my hands-on experience to the design side of projects and improve the outcome of projects."

Q2. How long have you been licensed in the State of Mississippi and do you also hold other state licenses? 

"I have been licensed in Mississippi for 3.5 years and I also hold a Louisiana license."

Q3. What advice would you give to your younger self (HS grad, college grad, etc)?  

"Stop trying to be cool, and study more!  It’s ok to be a nerd." 

Q4. What would you say to young people, who might be interested in STEM careers such as engineering or surveying? 

"Don’t let the complicated math scare you.  Anyone can learn it if you take it piece by piece and don’t get overwhelmed.  I had to take remedial math in Elementary School, but then excelled at it in High School and College.  Go for it and be Passionate about your studies!  And learn to be interested in all things." 

Q5. Why is professional licensure important to you? 

"I know this is repeating what others have said before me, but it is true, Licensure holds us accountable for our actions.  We touch countless lives every day when the public uses what we’ve designed, and without accountability, the world would not be as safe.  Licensure is our lively hood, we must protect the public in order to protect our licensure and not let greed or power be our ruling factor."




September 2020 Engineer Spotlight: L. Quinn Braboy, P.E.

L. Quinn Braboy, P.E.

The Mississippi Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Surveyors would like to shine a light on L. Quinn Braboy.  Quinn received a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Mississippi State University and a Master of Science degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Jackson State University.  Currently, she serves as a Senior Civil Engineer with the City of Jackson.  

More on our conversation with Quinn below:

Q1.  Why did you choose engineering or surveying?

"I have always been interested in science and math even at a very young age. I would build various things with my Legos and K’Nex toys, which fueled my interest in Civil engineering. In addition, I have an Uncle who is a licensed Civil Engineer that I looked up to and he has served as a great mentor over the years."

Q2. How long have you been licensed in the State of Mississippi and do you also hold other state licenses?

"I have been licensed in Mississippi since 2017 and also licensed in the state of Alabama."

Q3. What advice would you give to your younger self (HS grad, college grad, etc)?

"My advice to myself would be don’t dim my light for others to feel comfortable, do it scared and my silence serves no one."

Q4. What would you say to young people, who might be interested in STEM careers such as engineering or surveying?

"I would tell young people to ask others in STEM for advice or to shadow them, look for opportunities and if they aren't available create them, and don't be afraid to ask, most likely others are wondering the same things."

Lastly, tell us why being a licensed Professional Engineer is important to you and the State of Mississippi.

"It serves as a personal accomplishment and is important to maintain expertise in your field. In addition, it is great to network with other Professional engineers that you meet via different boards and organizations."




August 2020 Engineer Spotlight: Jessica Headrick-Dilley, P.E.

Jessica Headrick-Dilley, P.E.

The Mississippi Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Surveyors would like to shine a light on Jessica Headrick-Dilley.  Jessica has a Bachelors of Science degree in Civil Engineering and a Masters of Science degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Mississippi.  She currently serves as an Assistant State Planning Engineer with the Mississippi Department of Transportation. 

Check out some of our conversation with Jessica below:

Q1. Why did you choose engineering?

"I wanted a meaningful career in the field of math that would also give me diverse career options, but I also wanted a career where I could work to tangibly improve our environment (both built and non built)."

Q2. How long have you been licensed in the State of Mississippi and do you also hold other state licenses?

"I have been licensed in the State of Mississippi for 5 years."

Q3. What advice would you give to your younger self (HS grad, college grad, etc)? 

"There is no better day than today - so be present in everything you do you may not get a redo later. - still working on this myself."

Q4. What would you say to young people, particularly girls and children of color who might be interested in STEM careers such as engineering or surveying? 

"I never knew engineering was a “man’s” field until I was told so - I just knew I liked problem solving and math. With that said - the only person you need to prove anything too is yourself. The old saying “you can do anything you put your mind to” is so true - Everything requires hard work and studying but if it’s something you enjoy - it’s all worth it. Find out what you're passionate about and don’t be afraid to explore it."

Lastly, tell us why being a licensed Professional Engineer is important to you and the State of Mississippi.

"It is important because it holds engineers accountable for their work and design. A lot of what engineers do, particularly in the civil world, impacts the safety and welfare of the public. I wouldn't feel safe traveling with my family across bridges or a roadway in which there was no way to ensure they were designed to the correct (or any) code or standard."