RAE ANNE RUSHING, P.E., LEED AP:
…I am many things; a natural leader, an engineer, an entrepreneur and a visionary.
With this toolbox of traits, starting Rushing Company was the obvious next step to continuing my vision of strong, creative, sustainable engineering. The way I see it, there is no creativity without diversity; more than one way of thinking is critical in the development of a successful solution. It is my passion for this that led to the evolution of Rushing Company into a diverse, multi-disciplinary firm, constantly seeking new innovative approaches to engineering and sustainability.
In 1982 the choice of becoming an engineer was about two things: 1) I was naturally strong in math and science; and 2) it was the highest paid profession with a four year degree right out of school.
Money was very important as I was a teen parent with one small child with only a GED equivalency high school diploma. I was brought into the University of Washington system through the Equal Opportunity Program (EOP), specifically the Economically Disadvantaged Student Division (EDSD). As I went through the process of applying to the UW, I knew that my admission was my only way out of generations of poverty, alcoholism, child abuse, etc.; and I would have the opportunity to become the first person in my family to gain a college education and break the cycle of poverty and abuse for my child.
Today I have three children, all adults: 28, 24, and 18. They are all college graduates or on their way to becoming college graduates! My Engineering career made this all possible.
During college I received many accolades and scholarships recognizing my hard work, many of which were as a result of nominations from my professors. I obtained my Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Washington in 1988.
Today, I have the privilege and joy to manage Rushing Company which I founded with my partner Scott five years ago. It is a role that fits me like a glove. We currently employ 25 professionals in the mechanical and electrical engineering fields. We design High Performance Commercial Buildings in the Pacific Northwest and around the world. I recently was asked by the Governor of Washington State to serve as a delegate on a business trade mission to Asia and I am a current member of the Clinton Global Initiative serving on committees to find solutions to our world's biggest problems. I serve on many community boards such as the Washington State Workforce Development Council and volunteer my time as a Peer Board Member of the YWCA.
When I am not working, I like to spend my time practicing yoga, skiing, and walking with my dog named Russell Q. Tip.
Engineering has definitely changed my life, impacted my children's lives, and enabled all of us to be independent and free to become everything that we could be. I am proud to promote engineering as a career for women.