Why did you choose engineering as a profession?
I enjoyed math and science and seeing the evolution of a design on paper turn into reality. I chose mechanical engineering because of the wide arena of prospects it offers, such as aerospace, automotive and facilities.
How did you end up at the Little Rock District and what is your work experience or background?
I grew up in northwest Arkansas and have family in Little Rock, so this is home. Prior to coming here, I was with the Corps at the Kansas City District as a mechanical engineer, where I had the opportunity to design the HVAC and plumbing systems for various military facilities as well as provide mechanical support for civil works projects.
Previously I have also worked in the private sector doing maintenance engineering at an oil refinery as well as designing components of aircraft engines.
How do you “engineer” things in your daily life?
I enjoy trying to find an optimum solution to a challenge or making an improvement, whether it be around the house, on my car, or even while traveling. The process of identifying possible solutions and seeing an idea to fruition is very rewarding.
What’s your favorite thing about your position in the district?
I get to support the needs of many different customers, both within our district and regionally.
What are you overseeing or working on that will impact the district or another community’s quality of life in the future?
One such example is a lighting replacement project at Millwood Dam, where the existing roadway lighting, wiring, and electrical components that were originally installed will be replaced with new energy efficient LED lighting. This new system will be designed to provide improved illumination of the dam’s roadway while conserving energy.