Company Profile

What we do:
Engineers Are People Too trains and coaches technical professionals to manage people, projects, presentations and their own careers with ease and confidence. In addition, EAPT helps organizations strategically leverage their human and financial resources to run more efficiently.

Who we help:
From Architects to Electronics Engineers and from Financial Analysts to Wastewater Engineers, we have worked with technical staff from around the world across industries and professions – from the C-suite to front-line staff.

How we do it:
We work with our clients to identify their needs and craft customized solutions through training, coaching and consulting.

Our training sessions are fun, interactive and results-oriented – getting your staff out of their offices (or cubicles) and engaging with each other and the content in a new and exciting way. Our whole-brain approach to training respects the typical “left-brain” style and preferences of technical professionals (logical, analytical, objective), while offering “right-brain” strategies (intuitive, creative, emotive) that can help build staff and client relationships, improve interpersonal communication, make presentations come alive, and ultimately drive project process.

Team Dynamics Infographic: Left Brain vs Right Brain

Infographic from Mindjet

Our coaching allows professionals to get one-on-one time for a completely customized approach to their development needs. Whether the coaching is to lock in the learning from a training session, support behavior change and skill development in a particular area, or to support ongoing career development, we treat every client as a focus group of one.

Our consulting provides in-depth analysis of business operations and workflow aimed at helping your company become more efficient and profitable. With the bottom-line in mind, we help you better plan and manage your resources of people, money, time, and technology.Who we are:

“You will not find a more dynamic duo than Michael and Deborah Riegel, who combine their talent, passion and energy to create a learning environment that packs a powerful punch. The depth and breadth of Michael’s knowledge and experience in the technical professional world has made him a sought after speaker and development coach in this unique industry. Deborah is a recognized leader in  training and development, as well as a successful certified management coach. Her honest, straightforward, no-nonsense approach to business is inspiring and refreshing. Their business partnership provides activities designed to drive maximum individual and team performance. During their interactive, hands-on workshops, the most common theme heard is “Wow! Not only did I walk away with informative tips and tools that I can immediately apply on-the-job, but I had fun too.” Yes, Michael and Deborah are out to prove that learning and fun can co-exist AND that engineers are people too!”

Juliann Decker, Senior Training Manager Aspen Technology


Deborah Grayson RiegelDeborah Grayson Riegel, MSW, PCC, is an internationally recognized expert in presentation and interpersonal communication skills. Her training, coaching, speaking and consulting consistently result in improved productivity, professionalism and morale. Deborah’s clients range from Fortune 100 companies to entrepreneurial start-ups, and span the industries from financial services, internet and automotive to technology, medicine and pharmaceuticals around the world. Her clients include American Express, Dell, IBM, Monster Worldwide, Nokia, Novartis, NASDAQ, Pfizer, Toyota and the United States Army.

Deborah is a visiting Professor of Executive Communications at the Beijing International MBA (BiMBA) Program of Peking University, China, where she trains and coaches international business leaders from multinational corporations in the art and science of presentation skills, business writing, and executive presence for a growing global marketplace. She also teaches Presentation Skills at New York City’s Fordham Graduate School of Business.

Deborah is a member of the exclusive National Speakers Association, The American Society for Training and Development, and is a credentialed, certified member of the International Coach Federation. In addition, Deborah is a graduate of Coach U. and the Coaches Training Institute and is a certified DiSC® Behavioral Inventory trainer and coach.

Deborah’s unique, energetic and results-driven style combines her background and experience in behavioral and cognitive psychology, adult learning, presentation skills, group facilitation and improvisational comedy. Deborah writes for, American Express OPEN Small Business Forum, Choice: The Magazine of Professional Coaching and the New York Jewish Week. She is the author of “Oy Vey! Isn’t a Strategy: 25 Solutions for Personal and Professional Success.” (Behrman House) She is also a member of the Harvard Business Review Advisory Council.

Deborah holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor and earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Columbia University. She and her favorite technical professional Michael are the proud parents of twins, Jacob and Sophie.

Michael Riegel is a project management expert with more than 20 years of experience leading teams through the planning, design and construction phases of large scale projects. He has developed a specialty in the areas of Resource Management and Asset Allocation related to capital construction programs for municipal clients and has led teams in the completion of projects ranging from $100,000 to $1 billion. Michael’s ability to connect both personally and professionally with his employees, co-workers, and clients has enabled him to maximize the skills of the team as well as provide excellent internal and external customer service.

Michael’s past and current clients span the northeast United States and he has completed projects for nearly all of the metropolitan New York transportation agencies as well as the local utility companies in New York City. Most recently, he has managed a large-scale program of construction management contracts for the Shaw Group in New York City that generates revenue of $15M per year. In addition, Michael was responsible for the development of marketing strategies and spearheaded the creation and delivery of presentations to the client for the purpose of winning new contracts and providing periodic status updates.

Michael spent several years working for National Grid and Keyspan and was responsible for the implementation of a Resource Management initiative in the capital construction program and successfully redesigned the workflow processes to deliver the projects to successful completion – on-time and on-budget. His ability to prioritize and identify potential risks has been a hallmark of his career, as has his innate ability to visualize and simplify complex processes.

Michael has traveled internationally as a speaker on Resource Management and Asset Allocation strategies in the utility sector and has been recognized as a thought leader throughout his career. Michael received his undergraduate degree in Construction Management from Wentworth Institute of Technology and his MBA from the Zicklin School of Business in New York. Michael is also a member of the Harvard Business Review Advisory Council.

Michael writes on a range of topics, often focusing on project management, work-life balance, and organizational behavior.