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Industry Folks - Adrienne Ford-Mann, Braun Intertech

image Adrienne Ford-Mann, Staff Engineer, Braun Intertech

SAN ANTONIO - Adrienne Ford-Mann lives in the ultimate Texas mixed marriage: she’s a Dallas Mavericks fan while her husband is a San Antonio Spurs fan. Ouch.






    Ford-Mann is from Tyler, from whence she became a Mavs fan. She played basketball herself from age 9 through high school.
    Ford-Mann always enjoyed school. “I liked going to school,” she said. “I’m an only child, so it was a social thing for me.”
    Good thing she liked school, because she went to three different colleges starting with Texas A&M, then moving on to Prairie View A&M, finally graduating from UTSA with a civil engineering degree in 2005.
    Ford-Mann moved from Prairie View to UTSA for a simple reason - her husband did. And, going through college was even more of a challenge since she had her first child while a student.
    The Mavs/Spurs thing really became evident when she was in labor, as the two I-35 rivals were playing each other in the playoffs, and Ford-Mann’s labor nurse left her to go to the game!
    Fortunately, Ford-Mann was able to get a job in her field immediately upon graduation from college, in part to some good advice from a friend: “You need to know somebody.” She had a friend at UTSA who knew another UTSA grad, who knew yet another UTSA alum, and these connections helped her secure a job. It’s not what you know, but whom you know, right?
    The Mavericks fan likes San Antonio.
    “East Texas is a country thing,” she said. “Here is more of a Spanish flair.”
    Of course, Ford-Mann had to learn about this “Spanish flair” thing: “When I moved here, I didn’t know what a breakfast taco was. I called it a burrito.”
    As a civil engineer with Braun Intertech, Ford-Mann goes out into the field with a driller, and they take soil samples the proposed building will go on. She then takes the sample to the lab to examine its composition. According to the national codes, the foundation cannot move more than one inch, even if the soil swells or shrinks.
    The size and even shape of the foundation will determine if Ford-Mann needs to take more than one sample in case there are variations from Spot A to Spot B in the soil.
    Ford-Mann enjoys her work and life in the Alamo City. Her husband works for UPS in Memphis. Let’s just hope he doesn’t become a Grizzlies fan. –dz

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