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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.

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."