"From an early age designing things has always fascinated me."
From an early age designing things has always fascinated me. I can remember the LEGO sets I would get as a child and how I would discard the instructions in order to use the pieces to make what I truly wanted to make. (Confession: I still pull out the LEGOs from time to time, it is a great outlet for creativity)
As I grew older I continued to love building things; building with wood, cardboard, paper, old building materials, it didn't matter what. I just loved building things! I was confident I wanted to be an architect when I grew up and my father bought me numerous books on the subject.
My father, also an engineer, was pivotal to helping me reach the point that I am today. It was about my 16th or 17th birthday that he gifted me with a SolidWorks student edition, as well as the course materials to get the SolidWorks Associate certificate. Although I was less than thrilled about the certification course, I was excited looking at the renders that my father showed me on the Dessault Systemes Website. I thought, If those are a few of the things you could make on SolidWorks, I could make anything! I started playing around with it for a few weeks, reluctantly watched a few tutorials (I used to despise tutorials, but have since learned the value of learning from others with more experience) and began to learn my way around the software. It wasn't long before I was modeling simple shapes, a computer monitor, some LEGO pieces, a cellphone. Soon I modeled my first car, a Lamborghini Muira. I thought it looked amazing, but looking back on it, it is not even something I would want in my page of designed models! It was pretty bad. But this brings up an important point, for a designer I think it is crucial that you always strive to better yourself. No matter what you do, always learn, and always look for ways for improvement! You will always look back on things you have made and think, "did I really think that was good?"
I currently am finishing up a Bachelors Degree in Engineering Science from the University of Virginia. With two minors in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science. Any free moment I get I am either drawing, taking pictures, modeling something new on SolidWorks or Inventor, or spending time with my brothers and family. My family is very important to me. My brothers and I are all very different but we all share creativity and a drive to constantly improve. In addition, we all laugh and speak of the day (in the future) when we will all meet up and chat about the successes we have each achieved.
An important goal of mine (in addition to being a lead engineer at a design firm) is to someday start my own business. I do not wish to start a business for many of the same reasons as others. Many start a business because they are "tired of people telling them what to do". Some may even start one to "get back" at someone. These are both terrible reasons to start a business. For me, starting a business means the opportunity to put your mark on a product that others will be using. The chance to do something good for mankind, and be able to say, "I did that." It also means crafting a work environment that people would want to come to work in. Making a company where the employees seek what's best for the company, because they know that you want what's best for them. I believe that, from my extremely limited business experience, this is something lacking in the average work environment.
Some of my favorite things are cities, cars, the beach, 3D modeling, and spending time with friends and family.