Master's Profile: Rachel Fleming
Current Job Title: Lead Engineer, MBP
Previous Job Title: Marketing Specialist, Gilbane Building Company
Undergraduate Degree: Civil Engineering with Architectural Engineering Certificate, Duke University
CEE Master’s Program Path and grad year: 4+1 undergraduate into Master of Engineering (MEng), Structural Track, 2013
What do you do at your job?
As Lead Engineer at MBP in Raleigh I am fortunate to have many roles including owner's representative for construction management, construction claims analyst, cost estimator and business development. In addition, MBP supports my participating in the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) where I currently serve as Durham Chapter president.
Are you involved in any organizations?
Recently I have gotten involved with the leadership team of the Duke Triangle Area Pratt Alumni. I enjoy networking with other local alumni and interacting with current students through resume reviews, mock interviews and other events. I also now volunteer for Dress for Success after learning about the organization through a Duke Women's Forum event.
How did your time at Duke prepare you for your current job?
My time at Duke prepared me for my current job by teaching me critical problem solving skills and giving me valuable practice working in teams to develop project strategy.
What was the most valuable part of your Duke experience?
There were many valuable parts of my Duke Master of Engineering (MEng) experience, but I think the introductory business courses that I took through the program provided excellent opportunities to understand basic business concepts and to engage with teams to prepare and deliver presentations, which are valuable skills in any industry.
What advice would you give to someone considering a master’s degree in CEE at Duke?
I encourage anyone who is pursuing an advanced degree to make the most of their time at Duke by exploring your interests, connecting with master's students in other departments and developing relationships with your professors. I also think it’s important to utilize the career center resources and reach out to Duke alumni to learn about their career experiences.
Why did you choose Duke for your MEng degree?
I was grateful for the opportunity to take advantage of the 4+1 program that Duke offers for undergraduate Pratt students, which allows students to obtain their BSE and a graduate degree within five years. Through this program, I enjoyed introducing my classmates to Duke and Durham and expanding my Duke network and connections.