How did you become interested in engineering?
In high school I enjoyed working with my hands, either participating in a woodworking project in wood shop classes or tinkering with cars. I never gave college too much thought until my senior year when my parents started talking to me about choosing a major in college. I didn’t know what I wanted to go into as a major or where. Knowing I enjoyed math and science, my parents suggested taking engineering courses at the local technical college. That fall, I began classes and quickly realized how much I enjoyed engineering.
What has been the most interesting or significant change to the industry you’ve witnessed in your time with HAWA?
Technology has been a huge change since I first started my career. Tablets and iPads have been a major contributor to improving field work. Now I can take drawings with me on my tablet and mark them up in the field rather than bringing large sets of plan drawings. The same concept applies when it comes to reviewing shop drawings, where you can easily review previously provided comments and use technology to become more efficient with reviewing drawings. It’s nice not having to go through and mark-up multiple copies of shop drawings with the same notes.
What do you most look forward to when you walk into work?
I enjoy the excitement that each day brings in this industry. This isn’t a career where you come in every day and do the exact same thing. Each day is a new adventure, learning something new.
More importantly, I really enjoy the people that I work with at HAWA. Having a great group of people working along side you definitely makes coming to work more enjoyable.
What is one thing about your job that might surprise people?
People might be surprised that I really enjoy field work. The best is when you’re in an old building and you’re crawling around tunnels or trying to make sense of an existing system. It’s always a good feeling when the “aha moment” hits and everything starts coming into place. It’s like a big puzzle and you’re trying to find that one difficult piece.
What do you hope to bring to your new role?
I hope to bring the same mentoring to our younger engineers as I had when I first started.