Way grew up in the Seattle suburb of Sammamish, Washington, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and two master’s degrees from the University of California-Berkeley.
Moving from suburban Seattle to urban Boston for college had a major influence on her decision to pursue a career in transportation engineering.
“While I never used public transit growing up, Boston’s system—its history and how it brought together so many different types of people—fascinated me,” Way said. “A freshman seminar on planning Boston’s next major transit investment led me to major in civil engineering and on my career path.”
That interest led to an internship in London with the largest bus company in the UK, where her manager’s leadership skills made a lasting impression.
“My boss was responsible for bus systems and tens of thousands of employees across the country, yet she still wanted to know if a customer saw a piece of litter on a specific bus,” she said. “That perspective of needing to understand the big picture, but not forget about the details, stuck with me.”
Way, a member of the American Planning Association and Project Management Institute, saw the wide range of projects as one of the things that attracted her to a career with WSP.
“I love the diversity of projects that WSP is leading and the positive benefits each is making on its community,” she said. “It is exciting to work with people who are committed to developing solutions and making the places we live and work better.”