Leslie Turner, P.E.
What I do: I have over 13 years of engineering and management experience focused mainly in the field of water resources. I am responsible for client relationships, project quality, schedule, and financial commitments. I am currently managing 15 projects with a combined budget of $3.75 million and serve as the client service manger for almost 40 projects with a combined budget of $4.2 million. Many of my projects are multidisciplinary and require coordination between the various specialty designers and ancillary engineering services, including construction, electrical, instrumentation, mechanical, and civil engineering staff.
My education: I have a bachelor's degree from the University of Central Florida in environmental engineering. In addition, in 2008, I became a board-certified environmental engineer by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers.
Biggest professional role model: I have had several role models over the years that have helped to shape my career. Early role models were Lee Wiseman, P.E., BCEE, a water resources group leader at CDM, and Glenn Forrest, P.E., a client who inspired me to become an active member of the Florida Engineering Society. A more recent professional role model is Chris Provost, P.E., a manager of client accounts at CDM. Chris has encouraged me to pursue my current career path and has always offered guidance and recognition. He has shown me what it takes to become a great leader by his example.
What prompted me to get my PE license: I never had any doubts that I would pursue my PE license. At UCF, I was required to complete my EI exam prior to graduation. At CDM, it is highly encouraged for career advancement.
My hobbies include: My hobbies include running, watching my children play sports (T-ball and soccer), and when time permits, scrapbooking.
Proudest engineering accomplishment:Being named the 2011 NSPE Young Engineer of the Year.
My engineering plans for the next 10 years: Over the next 10 years, I plan to continue managing fun and challenging projects and clients. I plan to continue to hold leadership positions both within my company and in professional societies. I hope to serve as a role model for younger engineers and encourage them to become active in professional societies and to give back to their communities.
Favorite movie: Favorite movie of all time would have to be Mary Poppins.
I joined NSPE because...: I joined as a student to network with other students and professional engineers. I rejoined later in my career as a way to become involved in the community through MATHCOUNTS.
Something NSPE members should know about me: I'm so lucky to have a wonderful and supportive family, especially my husband and two boys (ages three and four)!
My desert island book is: Any of the Harry Potter series.
Leslie Turner, P.E.