My path towards a career in mechanical engineering began at home as a kid, in a family where I am the youngest of five. Five children tend to cause lots of problems that can be fixed — from hand-me-down bicycles to packing the car for a road trip — so I had numerous chances to cut my teeth as a problem-solver. Additionally, my father’s example paved the way.
Let’s set the scene: You are an airline pilot. Half of your month is spent living out of a suitcase, constantly packing and unpacking. You must dig through your bag to find your water bottle, phone charger, or eyeglasses. I have never been an airline pilot, but my father is one. I remember clearly his stories of leaving things behind at hotels or on airplanes around the dinner table when I was a young kid. He was frustrated by problems that plagued his day-to-day. So he began to fix those problems. I watched and offered a hand when needed. I, too, loved the feeling of fixing those problems.
This began as a way of life in a big family, but high school is when problem-solving turned into a hobby. I became my mom’s fixer, from a faucet that needed replacement to a light switch repair to installing a home audio system. At the same time, I was taking several classes that were exposing me to the world of engineering, such as:
- Material Science 1 & 2
- Intro to Engineering
My mother is a nurse, my father an Air Force veteran and commercial pilot. I could not have told you what engineers did before I attended high school. However, through classes and mentors, I learned that engineers are problem-solvers. So this seemed like the right fit — I could spend my life in a career solving problems. So, I began pursuing a mechanical engineering degree at Boise State University. My dream was to make the things I loved to use: skis, tents, bikes, and any outdoor recreation equipment. So m
I graduated on December 15th, 2018 and found the world of product development through various internships. These internships showed me that I didn’t have to design a new backpacking tent to enjoy what I do. I found that, as an mechanical engineer, I enjoy using this expertise to solve issues people face daily — just as I did when I was a kid.
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While I have been solving my own problems for a long time, solving other people’s problems is more challenging. As I progress in my career in mechanical engineering, I am excited to become a world-class project designer and product manager in the product development field. It’s important for me to grow in these areas as I know they will enable me to make better products.
I hope to influence younger engineers in the importance of these roles. Personally, I believe the relationship between them gets lost in engineering education. But in my time working at internships and here at SGW Designworks it is clear how much they impact products.