Civil engineer Connie Crawford was the New York City Transit Authority's first female chief engineer. This article looks at the key factors in Crawford's decision to study civil engineering and what the path was like. "One reason I've succeeded as I have is that I grew up with four brothers," says Crawford. She wondered why everyone wouldn't want to be an engineer. "You’re solving important problems and making the world a better place. Who wouldn’t want to do that?" she asked.