Cipriana D.T. Eckford, P.E., PTOE
Project Engineer, Rummel, Klepper & Kahl (RK&K)
AWIS Member since 2018
“I believe to progress, to grow, to move, there has to be a yes. So, in my engineering career, I’ve tried to say yes to challenging opportunities. Whether I perceived it to be easy or difficult, I tried to say yes to each chance.”
What is your favorite word?
How do you define it?
Affirmative response. Acceptance of opportunity or challenge.
Has your word influenced you during your career, or is it a word that you have chosen retrospectively?
I believe to progress, to grow, to move, there has to be a yes. So, in my engineering career, I’ve tried to say yes to challenging opportunities. Whether I perceived it to be easy or difficult, I tried to say yes to each chance. On the entrepreneurial side – to believe that an engineer could also be a photographer and start her own business took a risky yes…and sometimes still does! Yes is a state of mind and living in that space has opened many doors and left me with no regrets so far!
How as AWIS had an impact on your career journey?
I’m new to AWIS, but I am looking forward to connecting with and learning from women who are complete rock stars at what they do. That type of energy is invaluable!
What inspires you every day?
The possibility of the thing inspires me. The fact that my ideas, my dreams can have feet the minute I decide to go after them. Every morning I thank God for the day and the opportunities that will exist in it. How exciting – that every day is a new opportunity, a new possibility to grow, create, start, try, finish, choose, do. It’s…the possibility of the thing.
What are you currently reading?
Standing at the Scratch Line by Guy Johnson (he’s the son of my favorite author, Maya Angelou)
Cipriana D.T. Eckford works as project engineer at Rummel, Klepper & Kahl (RK&K) in Washington, DC. Working in the traffic engineering field in both public and private sectors for more than 15 years, she has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from her beloved Florida A&M University and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from North Carolina State University. Loving to exercise both sides of her brain, she is also an entrepreneur and photographer – running her own professional photography company that specializes in conference and corporate event coverage, as well as making time for a series of personally meaningful creative projects.