I had not heard of engineering as a profession until I started college, but I had always known I had a knack for math and science. I worked on radar systems in the Air Force and when I got out of the military, I knew I wanted to do something in a technical field. I started taking classes and eventually found myself sitting in engineering lectures.
Now, working at PDC, I come in every day because my job is exciting and I am always running into new challenges that need solving. I enjoy talking to people on a professional level and I believe in making a better product for the end user. It’s important to take pride in one’s work and making sure the client knows they are valued is the key to long term relationships that inevitably better our firm and the community.
Some of my favorite projects have included the F35 expansion at Eielson AFB, The Children’s Place in Wasilla, and the Barrow search and rescue hangar. Each project was unique and I enjoyed each in different ways. The F35 expansion projects were interesting because of their significant and high profile status, which was fun to be part of. Additionally, having served in the Air Force, I like working within the military environment. The Children’s Place was fun because they were a new client and they do great work within the community I live in. Barrow’s search and rescue hangar was interesting because of its remote, Arctic setting that came with its own challenges.
From a technical aspect, I am passionate about power design. From a non-technical aspect, I am passionate about making end users happy, networking, and building relationships with members of my community to make a lasting impact. To me a successful project is when the client and end user are happy and the project comes in under budget.
If I had to name a secret talent, I would say Geography. I won my school geography bee three times growing up and once was one question away from going to Washington DC in 6th grade. I am also a good cook, learning from my mom who owned and operated restaurants while I was growing up. I picked up a bit of her talent and make dinner at home most nights.