Eddie Vega


Project Engineer

Holmes Structures

San Francisco, CA

Built Environment Queer Project

"Never stop learning. Never stop being a student. Be kind to others and to yourself and embrace growth opportunities that push your comfort zone."

Q&A with Participant:

  1. Describe your current position.
  2. I work on a variety of structural engineering projects from Burning Man structures to tech campuses to deliver robust, efficient, and innovative designs to clients.

  3. What is your educational background?
  4. I did my Bachelors in Civil Engineer with a Math Minor at Cal Poly Pomona, and completed my Masters in Structural Engineering at Stanford University.

  5. What do you love about your career?
  6. I love how my career engages my critical thinking skills through challenging problem solving, brings me out to help clients in the office and out on the field, and contributes in a meaningful and necessary way to society.

  7. Do you incorporate your queer identity in your career? How?
  8. It’s kind of impossible to not incorporate my queer identity in my work. Who I am affects how I solve problems, understand my relationships with colleagues, and motivates what I want to leave behind in this world. My goal in life us to make the world a safer and kinder place and that directly stems from being a gay man and a structural engineer.

  9. Have you ever had a negative experience in a professional environment that was related to your queer identity? How did you deal with it?
  10. Outside of the initial fear of coming out within the office at first, I luckily haven’t experienced anything that I’d describe as a negative experience so far. I felt way more comfortable and authentic at work once I came out, and my relationships with coworkers have grown because of it.

  11. What role has mentorship played in your career? Do you have a queer mentor?
  12. Mentorship has been a huge blessing in my career experience. I have a queer mentor in my company who understands so much of my perspective and is a great friend to have in the office and in life.

Follow our Participant in Social Media!

Instagram: @vega.vi

Facebook: @eddie.j.vega

LinkedIn: @eddie-vega

Twitter: @edvega91

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