One of the reasons Diaz-Fanas joined WSP was his appreciation of the firm’s commitment to technical excellence and innovation.
“I strongly feel that to grow further, I need to continue being challenged by getting involved in multidisciplinary efforts, which is often the case with my projects,” Diaz-Fanas said. “WSP allows me to work in an environment that encourages the use of solid technical knowledge and experience, but also fosters cutting-edge engineering approaches and ideas such as performance- and resilience-based design approaches that require input from various disciplines of a diverse team.”
He credits much of his growth as a geotechnical engineer to the guidance of his mentor, Sissy Nikolaou, principal multi-hazards and geotechnical engineer for WSP.
“I have learned a lot from Sissy, and found in her a role model that inspires me to strive for the best,” he said. “WSP promotes its employees across all levels and disciplines because our leaders understand that to deliver future-ready solutions and the best quality product, every member of our team is essential and needs mentorship to feel professionally fulfilled.”
His WSP projects include geotechnical studies for the Second Avenue Subway, Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) Second Track Phase II, Sunnyside Overbuild and Kosciusko Bridge in New York City; seismic studies for the Torre Cuarzo, Torre Be Grand Reforma, Roma 54 and Polyforum buildings in Mexico City; and participation on WSP's SPEED Global Initiative, which offers a decision-making platform for clients based on risk assessment and life cycle asset management options.
"The goal of SPEED is to drive a system or community to bounce forward to a better future after extreme events, instead of going back to where they were before the event," he said.