In your own words, what is your role at Sixmo?
As the Director of Structural Engineering, I’m engaged in all aspects of our structural design process–developing fee proposals, performing design calculations, producing construction documents, coordinating with architects and clients, supporting and mentoring our structural team, conducting quality assurance, and working with the front office. In most cases, it will be my seal on Sixmo structural drawings, so I have responsibility for all aspects of structural design.
Why did you decide to join the Sixmo team?
Sixmo is a company on a mission that is laser-focused on thriving and growing. Nothing here happens by accident. Each employee has latitude to make sound decisions and be of service to our clients, yet we are open enough to solve problems as a team when necessary. Everyone at Sixmo puts their best foot forward to make the company successful. Working here is truly an enjoyable experience with unlimited opportunity.
For me, this role is the next logical step in my professional development–to help develop and nurture our structural team, and do my part to foster continued growth in the company.
How have you grown professionally while on our team?
I have to be acutely aware of the needs of the team, and consider those needs ahead of whatever problem(s) I may be solving on a given day. My goal is to develop a high level of technical competency on our team, help expand our practice, and continue to provide efficient solutions to challenging problems.
Who is one person dead or alive you want to grab coffee with? Why?
I want to have cappuccino with Fillippo Brunelleschi, to learn how he designed the complex masonry dome of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence, while the fundamental concepts of mathematics that underpin engineering were only just beginning to develop at that time. It took a lot of chutzpah to propose the concept that you see today.
If you didn’t live here, where would you live?
I’ve lived in several other places only to end-up in Northeast Ohio, where I grew up. I wouldn’t be upset if, many years from now, I retire to a quiet, leafy neighborhood in Rome…I could learn to speak Italian.
What are your favorite things to do outside of work?
I love to cook and explore new restaurants and breweries; traveling, reading nonfiction–mostly books on engineering and history; University of Michigan football is like a religion for me.