Rae Anne Rushing
Ms Rae Anne Rushing
President/CEO, Rushing
Seattle, WA
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  • Rushing
    1725 Westlake Ave North, Suite 300
    Seattle WA 98109


…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.

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  • Ellie, Seattle asked Rae Anne Rushing, Rushing Company

    Added Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 10:55 PM

    I know that this section is for questions, but I want to let you know how inspiring your story is to me, managing school, work AND motherhood- INCREDIBLE! I am friends with some of the engineers at Morrison Hershfield and they have spoken so highly of your company on many occasions. I am working on my second degree and am currently taking math and physics prerequisites for engineering. I have a wide variety of interests in visual arts, sustainability and design, so I am hoping to discover a ...
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    Rae Anne Rushing, Rushing Company
    Answered Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 10:55 PM

    Thank you very much for the note! My children are all grown up now with careers of their own so I can appreciate what you are going through trying to decide what is next for you. As far as a career in Engineering and what HVAC Design is all about in ...

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  • Pam

    Added Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 5:05 AM

    Hello! My country doesn't have universities offering a degree in manufacturing engineering, so what is the closest engineering major to manufacturing?
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    Rae Anne Rushing, Rushing Company
    Answered Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 5:05 AM

    The closest Engineering to Manufacturing Engineering is Industrial Engineering or Mechanical Engineering.

  • Panchanit, Bangkok

    Added Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 6:21 AM

    Hi, I'm an a 18 years old who desperately want to be an engineer. However, I do not have any man-machine skills at all. I'm surrounded by girls, so there' isn't alot chances for me to do so. I would like you to recommend me some activities what could help me improve or build engineering skills?
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    Rae Anne Rushing, Rushing Company
    Answered Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 6:21 AM
    Science and math skills are critical for engineering so keep up on these skills in school. Do you like solving problems? This is a critical skillset to have as an engineer. Researching and finding answers to creative practical challenges is what ...
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