I grew up on a farm in a poor family in southern Colorado. I worked hard in school, went to college and got an Electrical Engineering degree. Since then, I’ve worked for companies that did all sorts of things – railroads, airlines, manufacturing, oil and gas, and now mining. I have had the opportunity to travel the world for work, meet lots of interesting people, and learn things that I would never have seen if I had stayed on the farm.
What inspired you to explore STEM when you were young?
I was originally going to study business, but a close family friend encouraged me to try Engineering. I didn’t know anything about engineering but I trusted his opinion so I decided to try it. I found out it was really cool to design new things that everybody needs in their every day life to make life easier/more fun
What do you enjoy most about what you do in your STEM career?
Learning about how so many different things work, and how/why things are different in different places. Also, knowing that what I do, makes other peoples’ job easier is a big motivator.
What is a fun, bizarre or insightful STEM fact about your field?
With an engineering degree of pretty much any type – you can work in that field, or you can use that logical thinking to be successful in any career. There is almost nothing you can’t do as an engineer – it teaches you how to learn, how to solve problems in different ways, how to think logically – all skills that are needed in every line of work.