1. What is your role at UAS Labs?
I am a Manufacturing/Process Engineer at UAS Labs’ Fermentation Facility.
I work mostly on continuous improvement. This can range from equipment and process optimization to performing maintenance and reviewing work instructions. My goal is to take processes developed by the Bio Process Development group and make them successful in large-scale fermentation.
2. Where did you go to school and what did you study?
I received my A.A.S. in Bio Process Development at Madison College.
3. What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I enjoy spending time with my family, playing golf, and am an avid supporter of the Purdue Boilermakers, Indianapolis Colts, and FC Bayern Munich.
4. Favorite Food?
I’m not done trying new types of food. More data is required.
5. What is something you plan to do on your “bucket list”?
This summer I am going on a cruise to Alaska with my entire family. While we are there, I’m hoping to see a glacier calve and a whale breach, but mostly I’m looking forward to the memories we will make there.
6. What was your first job?
My first job was delivering newspapers.
Fun story: On my old paper route, there was one house with a ferocious rottweiler tied to a tree. Everyday he was out there and he seemed to only grow angrier by the day. One day he must have had enough with it all and decided to take it out on me. Just as I threw the paper toward the front door, he pounced and clenched his jaws around my ankle. He just held onto my ankle in his mouth, growling ferociously every time I struggled to get away. He didn’t bruise my leg or break the skin at all, he just wanted to play tug of war…with my leg. So I just sat on the ground with that persistently growling dog latched onto me for what felt like hours until the owner arrived. I got several complaints that day as the rest of my route did not receive their papers on time. I gave them the honest story, which helped resolve a lot of conflict. This experience taught me that there are circumstances out of your control that can affect your output, but forthright communication and honesty can be crucial to resolving issues effectively.
7. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
Don’t stop believin’.
8. If you could live in any country, where would you live?
Buckland. I know it does not exist…yet.
9. If you could live in any time period, when would you live?
After the technological singularity. As long as its not like Skynet in the Terminator. I wouldn’t mind machines doing everything for us, it sounds very relaxing.
10. If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
11. What do you enjoy most about working at UAS Labs?
I get the opportunity to collaborate with some extremely intelligent and dedicated individuals.