Why did you choose to work at Ohio State?
My wife and I were living in San Diego, Calif. We were starting to think about moving back to Ohio to be closer to our family. One day my wife was reading the Columbus Dispatch online and discovered a help wanted ad for an engineering research associate position in the OSU Astronomy Department. When I looked into the position, it seemed like a perfect match to my skills and interests. Fortunately everything worked out and we’ve been happy to be back in the “Buckeye State” ever since.
What do you like about your job?
In the ISL we design astronomical instrumentation to support our department’s research efforts. The instruments are fairly complex and always keep us challenged. My job has a lot of variety and consists of everything from brainstorming conceptual designs all the way through detailed designing, building, testing and field commissioning the instruments. Along the way I get to collaborate with lots of great students, faculty and staff at OSU as well as at many of our partner institutions all over the world.
If you weren’t working at Ohio State, what would you rather be doing?
I really enjoy Design Engineering so I’m sure I’d be doing something similar to what I do at OSU. However, I can definitely say that I wouldn’t be having so much fun doing it!
How do you apply the ‘One University’ concept?
I really enjoy recruiting undergraduate students of all disciplines to assist with our instrumentation projects. I’ve worked with undergraduate student assistants from many disciplines of Engineering, Business, Agriculture and Physics, and they all bring skills to the instrumentation projects that are unique and effective.
What is your favorite activity outside of work?
My favorite hobbies are backyard astronomy, playing piano and guitar and cycling. I also love hanging out with my wife and children at places like the park or zoo.
What are you going to do when you retire?
My wife and I dream about buying a log cabin in the Smoky Mountains and spending our time exploring and watching the wildlife around the area. I also would like to spend my nights learning how to do astrophotography.
If you were the university president for a day, what would you do?
I would love to see the university make it easier to commute by bicycle. I would offer incentives for utilizing alternate methods of transportation to the campus area. Finally, I would consider setting up a few full-service bike stations around campus that provide secure bike storage, locker rooms with showers and perhaps at least one staffed service station where small repairs and adjustments could be made.
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