In Case You Missed It: A National Engineers Week Celebration!

In Case You Missed It: A National Engineers Week Celebration!

For National Engineers Week, we turned some well-deserved attention on the engineers of 520 Elliot.

This team is much more than just a group focusing on engineering principles. They are the team that make all of our shop tools and machines hum and whistle with work. We asked each person on the team a handful of questions. One answer and photograph was shared on our Facebook page this week to give you a better glimpse at the team and at our HQ. We hope you enjoyed the daily posts from Jeremy, Cory, Chris, Patrick and Tom. But what about their other answers? Let’s take a look.

Jeremy Losaw, senior engineer, father of two and writer.

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What are you most proud of?

That my kid insists that I tell her the story of the Kennedy assasination before bed every night.

What skill do you hope to teach your children?

To complain until they get what they want. Kidding… I think every parent could write a book about all of the lessons they have learned and the things they want them to know. Of course these lessons bleed out in time. Some weeks it is the recipe for chocolate chip cookies. Eventually it will be the importance of condoms. Generally, it is the value of kindness and to appreciate the quality of life that they get to experience.

What do you think is the most significant contribution an engineer (past or present) has made to society?

Cindy Crawford dropped out of engineering school before she finished, so we can’t really call her an engineer. I will go for the filmography of Alfred Hitchcock. He studied engineering and worked as a draftsman before making films. His work was regarded for its technical artistry, and had an immense impact on the industry, as well as entertaining the world.


 

Cory Hymel, software engineer, infinite beard grower, backpacker, NASA fan since 1989.

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When did you know you wanted to be an engineer? 

I was introduced to programming in the 6th grade by a volunteer teacher named David Mills. Instead of telling me why I needed to learn, he showed me the possibilities if I did. That different perspective fundamentally shifted how I now approach almost every aspect of life.

If you weren’t engineering for hire, you’d be building….
Backpacking and climbing equipment.
What’s the worst injury you’ve had while building something? 
Mostly massive amounts of sleep deprivation.
What’s your favorite shop tool?
The lathe, even though I’m not good with it.

Chris Gabriel, prototype maker, dog lover, sculptor

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What was your first start-to-finish product?

A miniature violin.

What’s your favorite shop tool?

Hammer.

What inventor do you most admire?

Ferdinand Porsche.

If you weren’t engineering for hire, you’d be building…

Theater props.


Patrick Bailey, design engineer, scuba diver, sushi aficionado

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What skill do you hope to teach your children?

How to be generally handy and enjoy building stuff.

What inventor do you most admire? 

Dean Kamen and Jacques Cousteau come to mind.


Tom Philpott, head of engineering, father of 3, dual citizen, drinker of (good) scotch

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When did you know you wanted to be an engineer?

I knew I wanted to be an engineer or a designer when I was 7 or 8 years old. I loved anything with an engine, mainly cars, and working with my Dad on everything from go-karts to a microcontroller-based wind gauge.

Who (living or past) has been your greatest mentor?

Both of parents are brilliant in their own right. I’ll credit them both for adding to my love of knowledge and it’s practical application. Their personal, business, and professional experiences have always been there to lean on.

If you weren’t engineering for hire, you’d be building….

I would definitely be developing land and building houses if I were not developing products and helping start new businesses.


 

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1 Comment In Case You Missed It: A National Engineers Week Celebration!

  1. Jacob Downey

    Engineers are presented with a tough situation. Often given inadequate tools, insufficient materials, and expected to end under cost. Thank you for taking time to honor our week.

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