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People Matter: Mike Cipolla

Mike Cipolla is a Studio Leader in LandDesign’s Orlando office! With over 13 years of experience, you could say he’s got this civil engineering thing down pat.

When Mike isn’t watching UCF Football or hanging out with his two Dachshunds, he’s working to create places that matter in Orlando’s resort market. Keep reading to get to know LandDesigner, Mike Cipolla.

Q: Why Civil Engineering? 

A: I wanted to be an Engineer to follow in my grandfather’s footsteps, but I was never really sure what kind. I ended up selecting Civil Engineering going into college and I never looked back.

Q: Your biggest mentor at LandDesign?

A: Brian Forster. Brian and I have been working together for approximately 13 years and we have been working side by side for most of that time. It has been Brian’s leadership and guidance over the years that has helped me become the engineer that I am.

Q: What other LandDesign office would you like to visit? 

A: Charlotte because that is the location that started it all.

Q: Favorite part about your job? 

A: Working with my colleagues every day. We have a good group of people which can make work fun.

Q: Can you fold a fitted sheet? 

A: Does folded into a ball count?

Q: Would you rather fight a hundred duck-sized horses or one horse-sized duck?

A: Probably 100 duck-sized horses. That would actually be funny to see.

Q: If you weren’t an engineer, what would your dream job be? 

A: If I wasn’t an engineer, I would probably be involved in construction in some aspect. However, I would enjoy teaching if I were to take a totally different direction.

Q: What’s your favorite thing about Orlando? 

A: Orlando is where I have put down my roots. I moved around a lot when I was growing up and Orlando has been my home ever since I left for college. I couldn’t imagine being anywhere else.

Q: If you were a groupie, what band would you follow?

A: I am too old for this now, but Blink 182 was one of my favorite bands in my younger years.