Jackie Miller

Structural Engineer

What attracted you to this profession?

As a kid, I always liked building things with Lincoln Logs and Tinker Toys. When I got older, I loved learning how math could explain and predict the world around me. I decided to become an engineer because I loved the application of math in solving problems and building things.


What three words would you use to describe your job?
Collaborative, dynamic, detailed


What are the most important personality traits to have in your profession?
Patience, curiosity, adaptability


What’s a typical week in your job like?
In any given week, I am working on multiple projects in various stages of completion between design and construction. For my projects that are in design, I perform structural calculations, coordinate with other disciplines, and develop the structural drawings. I visit the construction sites for my projects that are being built, observing the construction and working with the contractor.


What do you like most about your job?
I love the collaborative nature of my job. Working with teams of architects, other engineers, and contractors keeps the work fresh and interesting.


What’s the most challenging part of your job?
Actually, the most challenging part is also the thing I love the most—the collaborative nature of my job. There are many things in any job that are out of a person’s control—but I think this is especially true in this type of work, where each member of the team is dependent on other disciplines and our client’s needs. But these challenges are often opportunities to come together to achieve difficult goals and make our clients happy—especially when working with a good team.


What’s the coolest thing you’re working on right now?
A three-story elementary school in Prince William County that will begin construction soon. This project has several architectural features that presented unique engineering challenges that were fun to design and bring to reality. The investment in the support structures of these features will result in a strong visual impact for our client.


What have you accomplished at Moseley Architects that you’re proudest of?
Becoming a confident engineer. I came to Moseley as a young engineer, and the structural staff here were always willing to offer help and guidance. Because of this I have developed the skills necessary to be a successful structural engineer of record on large projects here at Moseley, as well as step into the role of Chair for the Structural Engineers Association of Virginia outside of work.


What’s your favorite thing to do outside of work?
I don’t get to do it much right now, between the Covid-19 pandemic and raising two small children, but I love playing and coaching rugby.


What music are you listening to right now?
Odesza, Oh Wonder, and whatever my five year old demands.


What’s your motto or mantra?
Always ask the question that you’re not sure you should ask.