Paquilla Jones is a traffic engineer based in W+A’s Silver Spring office, managing a range of transportation issues for residential, mixed use, commercial, and community developments. She works on traffic impact studies, maintenance of traffic (MOT) and traffic control plans, urban and rural roadway engineering, interstate and interchange design, and pedestrian and bicycle improvements, facilities, and paths.
Her experience includes intersection and loading dock analysis, highway and bridge design, guardrail safety studies, county-wide traffic studies, cycle track design, and Local Area Transportation Reviews (LATR) in Montgomery County, Maryland to consider the impact of development on surrounding transportation systems.
Paquilla’s work on transportation projects includes guiding clients through transportation standards and specifications in Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Virginia, including those of the Maryland State Highway Administration (MDSHA), Montgomery County Transportation (MCDOT), Maryland Transit Administration (MTA), the District Department of Transportation (DDOT), and Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT).
As an intern at DDOT she supported the DC Circulator program, assisted with project scheduling, reviewed construction drawings, developed a comprehensive task matrix for DC PLUG, researched DC’s laws and DDOT regulations and specifications for project verification, and worked with the ADA Condition Assessment Tool and Matrix Development. She also helped organize the 2015 AASHTO Value Engineering Peer Exchange Conference.
Paquilla holds bachelors and masters degrees from Howard University’s College of Engineering and Architecture where she was president of the student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers and also a member of the National Society of Black Engineers. She also volunteered with Howard University’s Ambassador program where she was an undergraduate researcher at the University of Dar es Salaam’s Department of Civil Engineering in Tanzania. In Dar es Salaam she studied the congestion and level of service of the Sam Nujoma and Afrika Sana Street roundabout, developing models to simulate solutions for the improvement of the intersection.
She is passionate about exposing youth to Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields and improving the community through engineering. Paquilla was an intern in the mathematics department at Howard University Middle School of Math and Science, working with students in grades 6 through 8. She has served as a lead mentor at Summer Engineering Experience for Kids, a free summer camp, teaching kids vocabulary, simple engineering principles, and how to give oral presentations. She has also volunteered as a mentor in the Metro Warrior STEM Organization, serving as a LEGO robotics instructor and as a mentor for the MWSO’s Mathcounts team.
Paquilla is experienced in using AutoCAD, Microstation V8i, GeoPak, InRoads, ProjectWise, SAP2000, Google SketchUp, ArcGIS, HCS, and Synchro.
Q + A
- What is your personal life philosophy?
- I have a few but the one I truly live by is “Be you. Love you. Always, all ways.”- Alex Elle
- How do you get to work?
- Walk 3 blocks to the Wheaton Metro Station then ride the train 2 stops down to Silver Spring.
- Where is your favorite place to travel?
- I don’t have just one but my top 3 include the Grand Canyon (it was literally breath taking), Costa Rica (one of the most beautiful places I’ve seen), and Cuba (because the people are so nice).
- Do you collect anything?
- Plants - I have over 50 plants and counting.
- What is your favorite book to read?
- I love fiction, and my favorite book right now is “Children of Blood and Bone” by Tomi Adeyemi. The second book in the series is really good as well.
- What is your favorite film?
- Love Jones
- Master of Engineering, Transportation and Structural Engineering, Howard University
- Bachelor of Science, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Howard University