Get to know Doris Willmer
Alumna Doris Willmer (BS 72, MS 73) answers a few questions:
What is your favorite memory of your time at University of Illinois?
My favorite memory is the kindness shown to me by the students of the Chi Epsilon Student Chapter when they threw a special party welcoming me to Illinois’s campus after my transfer from another Big 10 school. I thought the party was a regular Chi Epsilon meeting until I walked into the student lounge at Newmark where a large “Welcome to Illinois-Chi Epsilon” sign greeted me. When I asked who the party was for, they told me it was for me as a new student in the civil school and a member of Chi Epsilon. I have never forgotten my surprise or the thoughtfulness of my colleagues.
What was your first job after you graduated?
I was one of the three transportation planners/designers that rerouted the existing bus system to feed into the proposed Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit System, completed the 10% conceptual design for each planned station, and estimated the bus, pedestrian and automobile traffic patronage routed to each station. It was a three year project that our team completed in one!
What are you up to these days?
Today I am the founder and owner of Willmer Engineering Inc., celebrating 35 years of service to the Atlanta community. Willmer is an award winning woman-owned professional engineering consulting corporation specializing in geotechnical engineering, environmental engineering, and construction materials testing and special inspection services. Our principals are actively involved with each project and direct their diversified 200 years of expertise toward satisfying complex project requirements. As a firm, our staff represents a total of more than 400 years of experience. Willmer has extensive experience throughout the Southeast US including Georgia, Alabama, Florida, North and South Carolina, Tennessee and Kentucky and completed projects in over 32 states and 2 territories. Willmer engineers are registered in more than 13 different states and 2 territories. Our soils, concrete, aggregates and asphalt construction materials laboratory has received national accreditation from the AASHTO and approval from CCRL and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. As established by our internal quality assurance program, Willmer participates in the AMRL sample proficiency testing program. Our engineers and technicians participate in the NICET and ICC – Special Inspections certification program.