Why is engineering important to the world?
Engineering is how we protect our country, and more importantly, the warfighter. We are constantly challenged with persisting threats that compromise our security and freedom. Engineering provides solutions to the difficult problems caused by the threats that challenge our freedoms and enables us to safely bring home our military service members and allies.
What is the most interesting thing about your technology/product?
The industry has circled around Digital Engineering Transformation. It’s a paradigm shift in the way we conduct business. We will soon operate in a fully integrated digital engineering ecosystem where processes are streamlined, and technologies are leveraged in a way that allows us to gain efficiencies ten to 100-fold. It’s exciting to be a part of a team of subject matter experts that are developing a solution that will change the trajectory of L3Harris.
How did you get where you are in your career today, and who were mentors that helped along the way?
I started off in the U.S. Air Force working avionics on the B-1B Bomber. I transitioned into Flight Test Engineering, then Vehicle Engineering, and now Systems Engineering. I had great leadership along the way that saw my potential and helped me grow through stretch assignments and provided me opportunities to showcase my talents. Having the right leadership is critical for professional development. I encourage those looking for opportunities to make sure they have strong performance currency (the currency in which you deliver what is asked of you plus a little bit more) and relational currency (the currency of established rapports with fellow colleagues and leaders).
What do you like to do outside of work?
I like to scuba dive (PADI Certified Master Scuba Diver), ride my motorcycle (22 Harley Davidson Road Glide Special), travel and rest.