Susan Detwiler, PE
Chief Operating Officer and Master Communicator
What is your chosen discipline? Why do you love it?
Engineering. Positively contributing to our world is a value that my parents instilled in me early on in my life. This has guided me through my most important life choices. From selecting engineering as my profession in college to my current role at Dibble, I serve as an active participant in developing our communities. Ultimately, I have the opportunity to contribute a small part in making our world a better place.
What’s your superpower?
Suppose it depends who you ask! My mom would say it is translating what is happening with the road construction in her neighborhood. My husband would say it is translating the needs of our kids, when it’s not clearly communicated or straightforward. I only know un poquito español, but I am a translator to many. I enjoy communicating and helping people, groups, departments, and friends, understand each other better.
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
I’ll give you a hint: the state fish is humuhumunukunukuapua’a… With family located on the Big Island of Hawaii, I am fortunate to experience the local ohana of the Islands on a regular basis. Deep sea fishing, hiking, boogie boarding, cookouts on the beach, learning to pronounce long words with the 12-character alphabet, and more have resulted in treasured memories for me and my family.
If you could write a book about your life, what would the title be and why?
Work hard, play hard. I believe in working hard and contributing to my profession and the community. I also have a strong sense of family and know that hard work must be balanced outside of the workplace. Vacations, Saturday at the soccer fields, bike rides, family dinner, are some of the ways I play. The days are long, but the years are short – we need to fit both work and play into those short years!