• Consulting Structural Engineer in Spokane for 13 years. Currently employed as a the Engineering Manager for Knife River Prestress at the Spokane Plant.
  • Experience is with industrial applications and specialty engineering including large scale shoring, silo analysis and repair, manufacturing specific structures, large crane support structures, and custom underground utility vaults.
  • Currently in 11th year teaching Senior Design at Gonzaga University.  Past seat on the Design Advisory Board Council.  Currently in 4th year serving on the Design Advisory Board (DAB).  In May 2018, received the CEDE Excellence Award. https://www.gonzaga.edu/news-events/stories/2018/4/30/cede-2018-award-melissa-verwest
  • Worked in Christchurch NZ for four months in 2014 to help in the rebuild effort and building assessments.  2015 New Zealand Architecture Interior Awards – Workplace up to 1,000m2 (QB Studios by Innotrade Modular Buildings)
  • 2017 Associated General Contractors (AGC) Award – Small Projects:  Renovation Downtown Spokane for a project involving the use of precast pieces placed to take the road and earth loads failing the original infrastructure.
  • Certified Disaster Service Worker –  State of California Safety Assessment Program Government Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES)
  • Active member of Structural Engineers Association of Washington (SEAW)
  • 2019 Joined the Structural Engineers Foundation of Washington (SEFW) Board

 

Lighter Side information:

  • Lead singer in the local band Too Many Men
  • Apprentice Instructor with the TaiChi Foundation for the practice of T’ai Chi Chuan
  • Hobbies:  Hockey, downhill mountain biking, softball, hiking, kayaking, and woodworking projects