A: One of my passions is the provisions for the continued availability of clean water. This concern is a result of being aware of the limited resource that we take for granted. Water is currently being exchanged as a commodity in some regions and is traded on a market basis. It is foreseeable that the only “clean” water will be used for human consumption…all other uses will need to use recycled water, gray water or filtered water.
Q: If you weren’t an engineer, what career might you be in?
A: I have a lot of interest in coaching, including the dynamics of team efforts, and motivation of individuals. I feel very fortunate to have a career that is in demand and continues to provide an opportunity to learn and progress as well as a mentor.
Q: What has gotten you really excited to see recently?
A: The further development of the PFP group, with the ability of the group to work, learn and communicate. The willingness as a group, to work toward better engineering and understanding of the systems and the impact.
Q: As we head into 2020, how do you see your discipline evolving in the next decade?
A: The engineering design associated with our discipline will expand to other systems dependent on the needs of the clients and limited resources as well as costs. In addition, those systems that were previously less common will become more of a standard requirement for system design. Some examples of these are seen in the development of oxygen and nitrogen generators, water treatment systems, waste treatment, including water reclaim and filtered water to allow for uses other than consumption.
Q: What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
A: “Some engineers create and design, while other engineers critique. Focus on what is required at this time and then worry about what’s next.”