Barbara Mulkey

Ms Barbara H Mulkey

Founder and Chair, Mulkey Engineers & Consultants


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Deborah Suazo-Davila
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Close Up
  • What I Do
    Oversee leadership programming for high school and college students as well as young professionals in the workplace. Prior to this, I founded and led a civil engineering consulting firm for 22 years.
  • Why Engineering?
    I enjoyed the challenge of problem-solving and loved mathematics.
  • School Days
    NC State University, B.S. in Civil Engineering, Masters in Structural Engineering
  • My Day At Work
    Business skills as I ran my business: strategic planning, people management, client management, marketing and business development, using problem-solving skills skills learned in my engineering curriculum applied to arriving at solutions for clients.
  • Best Part
    I enjoy working with intelligent people and enjoy problem-solving.
  • Proud Moments
    Starting and growing a civil engineering consulting firm that began at my kitchen table and grew to be a Top 500 engineering firm, nationally.
  • Challenges
    Time restraints as I blended my career with raising my children.
  • My Family
    I have a husband of 37 years and two grown children - a son and a daughter. Our son is married and has three children, ages 5, 3 and 9 months.
  • Dreams and Goals
    Short term goal is to take the General Hugh Shelton Leadership Center to the next level so that we can impact more students and professionals as we offer values-based leadership learning opportunities. One of the areas we plan to focus on are female students who have entered college in STEM-related disciplines - many enter but don't remain in that discipline. We hope to provide that support and encouragement so that they choose to remain in a STEM field. (STEM is science, technology, engineering & mathematics) 10+ year goals - Remain active as a volunteer with students, education-related organizations, and economic development in under-served areas of NC.
  • Inspiration
    My parents were strong influences relative to getting an education. My professors in engineering encouraged me in that field. Most recently, Genera Hugh Shelton has been a mentor is achieving leadership significance as well as leadership success.
  • Want to be an Engineer?
    Go for it! Seek out other women in engineering and ask questions. Remember that engineering is a very diverse field, and while you may not care for one type of engineering, you may love another. One field that has been particularly attractive to young women in recent years is biomedical engineering.
  • Additional Thoughts
    I like problem-solving. I also enjoy working in an industry where I get to work alongside intelligent people, most of whom work from a foundation of integrity and a desire to make the world a better, safer place.
  • Hobbies
    I love my pet dog Parker, playing the piano, visiting the coast and getting out in my kayak. Most of all, I love reading all types of books, jigsaw puzzles and word or number puzzles. Lately I have focused my reading on all types of memoirs from the age of World War II, from individuals across the world who were impacted.

35 years in the field of civil and structural engineering Founder of Top 500 engineering company, Mulkey Engineers & Consultants Author of "Building Bridges - A Collection of Thoughts About Engineers Connecting at Work, at Home and in Life" available through

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