Photo of Monica Leal at overpass in the Rose Quarter area: Monica leads her team working on the ramp meters, freeway lighting and communications systems design.

Monica leads her team working on the ramp meters, freeway lighting and communications systems design to improve safety and congestion on I-5, between I-84 and the Fremont Bridge. GTEng gains satisfaction in contributing to improvements to our regional transportation system and its many multimodal users.

 

Monica Leal, Principal

 

Monica Leal was born and raised in Colombia, and she graduated from college in Bogotá with a degree in Civil Engineering. After college, she attended an English program at the University of Nebraska at Omaha where she met her future husband before the two relocated to Portland, Oregon. There, she enrolled at PSU and graduated with a degree of Master of Science in Transportation Engineering.

Following her father’s footsteps, Monica worked for thirteen years in transportation engineering for a firm where she met her current business partner, Dana Beckwith. In 2015, they both founded Global Transportation Engineering (GTEng).

As a female engineer and non-native English speaker, Monica has overcome many challenges that come with owning a small business. With help from the GTEng team, Monica and Dana have established – and continue to grow – a successful engineering business, built on the values of pride in work, diversity, community and excellence.  With hard work, this resilient Latina is proving that she can get the job done and is currently leading a team on the design of ramp meters, freeway lighting and communications systems on I-5.

GTEng can tackle a variety of jobs both small and large – including designs for high-profile projects across the region. In just over four years, GTEng has added seven employees.