I spent my early years in small town Minnesota before moving to small town Wisconsin. At Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE), my alma mater, I earned my Bachelor's and Master's degrees. It was really much more than that though. Between my sophomore and junior year, I had the opportunity to do the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program. This evolved my interest in BIM, 3D modeling and 3D printing. It was through the Rapid Prototyping Center (RPC) of which was behind the effort to run the first 3D print in space. But easily the best experience I had was with Engineers Without Borders (EWB). It is an amazing group. They create a much bigger impact in these places because it isn't a problem that you can just throw money at. Many of the more rural areas don't see any attention from even local engineers. We designed a bridge, and went down to Guatemala and built it. Not only do you see a project through from start to finish, but, most importantly, you see how much you can affect and improve someone's life.
In the current chapter of my life, I am working with CSD Structural Engineers. I primarily work in specialty engineering; generally using cold-rolled steel and aluminum, but also some hot-rolled steel and wood design. Most interestingly, I get to flex the programming muscles. I make good use of my CAD/BIM expertise, and help in marketing. As a company, we tend towards the industrial sector.
I would be remiss if I didn't mention my support structure. Amy and I dated for a few years, and proclaimed our vows soon before I began with my current employer. Life is certainly a whirlwind, and the most recent forecast is our beautiful baby girl, all full of smiles and giggles. The two loves of my life.