As a highway engineer with Urban, Jaimie Younkins proved herself as a true staffer on the rise working on the Pennsylvania Turnpike’s Northeast Extension total reconstruction project. The project’s challenge was to incorporate modern highway design into a right-of-way that was largely established in the 1940s and 1950s. The key was to control the aspect in the widening design of Milepost A31 to Milepost A38 of the Turnpike, which is one of the nation’s most important north-south highways. She also worked on the early action overhead bridge replacements. “It was rewarding to see multiple jobs that I helped design be constructed,” she said.
Jaimie got her start with Urban as a co-op while attending Drexel University. She received a bachelor’s degree in engineering, and later received a master’s degree in construction management from the Philadelphia-based university. She swam competitively for the school during her undergraduate years, and also met her husband there. Jaimie considers her choice to attend Drexel the best decision she has ever made. It would be hard to disagree.
Now a registered Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania, Jaimie has training and experience in various elements of highway design. Her duties include the design of right-of-way, construction, traffic control, erosion and sedimentation pollution control, and stormwater management plans. She is proficient in a number of software packages, including MicroStation and Inroads. When working to provide a high quality product, Jaimie makes sure to pay attention to every detail possible, following suit to a quote by Giorgio Armani she quite enjoys - “To create something exceptional, your mindset must be relentlessly focused on the smallest detail.”