Barry King was recently recognized in the Pittsburgh Business Times as one of 20 People to Know in Engineering.
What made PWSA an attractive career option for you?
When I joined PWSA as a consultant in 2016, I saw real opportunities for positive change, something that really motivates me. I was also drawn to the people who work here – a team of very capable, talented and driven individuals. I just knew I needed to make this a career and become a permanent employee of PWSA.
Why did you pursue a career in engineering?
I always excelled at math and science and had a love of problem solving and all things environmental. In fifth grade, I participated in a science competition facilitated by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). Several RPI engineering students joined us to support our projects, culminating in a final field trip to the RPI campus. This small glimpse of a true hands-on engineering program, combined with my interests, inspired me to pursue an Environmental Engineering degree at RPI.
What are your favorite challenges to tackle?
I have always loved taking on challenges that others deem insurmountable or impossible. I enjoy the process and the trip, and not just the destination.
What sort of impact do you hope to have on PWSA?
I genuinely want to make PWSA a stronger organization, from both an infrastructure and team-building perspective. I want to continue establishing and driving daily toward the completion of meaningful goals that will improve both the PWSA and the City of Pittsburgh for current and future generations. A key to having a positive impact is focusing more on being interested than on being interesting.
What do you like to do outside of work?
All activities I enjoy are with my wife and two children, Emily and Ethan. I really enjoy all outdoor activities, and for the first time in too many years we started cross-country skiing again. I also like undertaking home improvement and re-landscaping projects.