It is nice to feel you have made a difference in the lives of a community. I believe that engineers are genetically predisposed to solve others’ problems—it’s inescapable. After living in denial for 25 years, I gave up my life of adventure and excitement and succumbed to the realization that engineering was my destiny.
I believe that a successful project addresses the real needs of the client and provides an efficient and cost-effective solution while considering the impact this project will have on the local community and the resources required to construct it.
There was a need for a small church building in a village along the Yukon. The local parish priest walked in and handed me an old photograph of an early church building that once sat in this village and asked me to design a structure to replicate this building. He had a deadline to have all materials on the last barge sailing. I designed and detailed the structure and assembled a materials list to allow the supplies to be delivered on time. Later that winter, I received an envelope in the mail with a photograph of the newly finished church and a note from the priest expressing his thanks with the gratitude of his parishioners.