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Synthia Tagar, Engineer I, Atkins


Engineer I

What is your role at SNC-Lavalin?

My responsibilities as a transportation planner and traffic engineer include but not limited to:

  • Perform research, obtain traffic data, and conduct traffic analysis for various projects
  • Modelling traffic projects using software, and simulation tools in compliance with standards of the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT)
  • Prepare project report and technical memorandum
  • Collaborate with other design teams, communicate with other project consultants, and clients as needed
  • Represent Atkins at technical and public meetings

Tell us a little bit about your background?

I completed my MSc and PhD degree from University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2018. I was fortunate to work under guidance of Professor Srinivas Pulugurtha where I performed traffic operation, traffic safety analysis, Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) and travel time reliability studies.

What is the best thing about your job?

I love that I am busy every week working on a range of projects. I get to learn new things and solve new challenges. Undoubtedly, the job is challenging. But the essence of a friendly work environment and proper guidance make the hardest day just great.

What would you say to someone thinking of joining SNC-Lavalin?

The company ensures improved productivity and employee retention through a diverse work environment, strong values, ethics, and expectations. Most importantly, it feels great to be a part of the proud leadership developing unique and smart solutions.

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