Michael Choi, Project Director
Q: What do you like most about Hemmera?
A: I definitely enjoy the people I work with and the projects I work on. There’s a great group of people here, and the synergy when teams work together is inspiring.
Q: What do you think clients like best about Hemmera?
A: I think it is the personalized one-on-one communication with the client, and the commitment we demonstrate to the project. We are working with (not for) clients toward a common goal, and I think that shows.
Q: How has Hemmera created opportunities for you?
A: The opportunity to grow not only professionally but also personally. Personally, I have also been able to explore new places and meet interesting people. This opportunity to explore and keep learning is important for me.
Q: Was there anyone in particular that was a strong mentor or role model for you?
A: I definitely learn a lot from everyone I work with, but I have definitely learned the most about consulting from Mr. Eric Pringle. My family is also my role model. My wife shows me to live in the moment; aim for the destination but understand it is the journey that counts. My two daughters (smaller versions of me) show me to see with new eyes and put the fun into everything I do.
Q: What types of projects are you currently working on?
A: By far the coolest projects :). I’ve just helped to rejuvenate a permeable reactive barrier, coming back full-cycle to the original installation over a decade ago. I am also working on a few multi-property groundwater plume investigations with multiple stakeholders, and a fascinating landfill remediation project up north. Each one is different, and each one challenges me to think of unique approaches to resolve issues. Working with the client, team, and other stakeholders, I am excited to see these projects to closure.
Q: What is one memorable moment that has happened to you while working at Hemmera?
A: Getting nudged on the shoulder by a deer while sampling groundwater. My back was turned and I thought it was the site guard. Boy was I startled when I turned around. The deer gave me a funny look then walked away. Apparently the site guards had befriended the deer on-site with food, and I was simply a potential food source. Thank goodness “human” isn’t on the “deer” menu.