What is your educational background?
When I moved to Tucson from my hometown of Chicago, I attended Santa Rita High School and graduated near the very top of my class. After receiving an Associate of Science in Engineering from Pima Community College, I went on to receive my Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from The University of Arizona in May of 1993. In addition to EIT, I have technical certificates such as ATTI and ACI. I have an Advanced Post-Degree Certificate in Secondary Ed and worked for many years as an Engineering Sciences and Math Educator at both the high school and college level. Teaching and learning is a passion of mine and I always strive to keep myself up to date with the latest continuing knowledge by attending SEAoA workshops as well as webinars such as SE University and Hilti Education Program.
What skill should every person have?
I have discovered that the very most important skill that any one person should possess is the ability to communicate with others in multiple mediums. Efficiently communicating using our verbal skills, signals, the use of technology, writing or giving a presentation is at the cornerstone of enjoying a successful and fruitful life of fulfillment.
What is your favorite way to exercise?
By far, my favorite way to stay in shape is to walk, hike or rock climb in a natural setting such as a park or recreation area. I believe that natural landscapes and terrain help us calm our stress and leave the negative aspects of daily life behind. It is both strenuous and aerobic and puts me in a very positive mood as well as challenge my physical limits.