Hey, I’m Grady Hillhouse and this is Practical Engineering! I am a husband, a professional civil engineer, and hobbyist educational video producer in San Antonio, Texas.

Randall Munroe said, "You can look at practically any part of anything manmade around you and think, 'Some engineer was frustrated while designing this.' It's a little human connection." My goal for Practical Engineering is simple: to increase exposure and interest in the field of engineering.

Of course, as a civil engineer, much of my content is geared towards infrastructure and the stories behind the humanmade world we live in. I like to help people make a connection between themselves and their constructed environment. In order for people to care about infrastructure, they need to be interested in the engineering behind it and see people who are passionate about finding innovative ways to meet humanity’s basic needs. I really believe this and it’s important to me. I hope that my videos are helpful to you and encourage you to take opportunities to be an advocate for civil engineering.

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Disclaimer: The videos I produce are for entertainment only. My videos or comments should not be regarded as professional engineering advice or services. Also, these videos are produced on my own behalf and do not necessarily represent the views or opinions of my employer, Freese and Nichols, Inc. Finally, please do not attempt to reproduce anything you see me do without the proper knowledge, experience, and equipment.