What is your current job and what does it entail?
I am a naval architect working at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division in Bethesda, MD. This is a Navy research and development facility with large towing basins, water tunnels, and wood and metal shops. My job entails planning, organizing, implementing, and supervising fundamental and applied research projects. The projects with which I am associated include the model scale evaluation of designs of ships, submarines and other craft as well as the associated propulsion systems.
What was the key factor in your career decision?
What do like most about your career?
While in high school, I did exceptionally well in the higher level math and science classes. My father, an engineer, saw potential for me in that field and talked me into pursuing an engineering degree in college. This was very difficult, but I also found it challenging and exciting. I am so glad that I got my engineering degree because I haved worked at the Naval Surface Warfare Center for over 20 years and I can still say that I love my job.
I like the challenge of devising an experimental or analytical method of evaluation. It requires creativity. I am continuously thinking and learning because of the diversity of projects. I enjoy producing, analyzing and interpreting technical data and then publishing a technical report.
What do you like least about your career?
I do not like meetings. Meetings are a lot longer than they have to be. I have found that the use of email is far more efficient to disseminate information and promote discussion on technical subjects.
What do you do to relax?
I have two school-aged children engaged in a variety of activities, so I don't do a lot of relaxing. However, I always make time to exercise and read. We enjoy vacations at the beach, swimming, biking, picnics, camping, hiking and ethnic foods.
Who are your heroes/heroines?
What advice would you give a high school student who expressed an interest in pursuing a career in your field?
My heroes are my parents, because they provided me with a sense of self importance, dignity, moral and spiritual values, and direction. They taught me that through hard work I could achieve whatever I desired. In addition, my heroes are everyday people who are honest and strive to do their best.
Read in your spare time. Take as many math and science classes as you can. Never be afraid to ask a question. Strive to do your best, because the harder you work the more choices you will have. A good education is the key to a world of opportunities.
Are career opportunities in your field increasing or decreasing and why?
We will always need intelligent, well-educated individuals with technical college degrees. I believe that their skill will always be marketable. However, due to the reduction in federal funds the Department of Defense has been downsizing over the past 10 years. I believe that currently we have stabilized and employment opportunities will become available as individuals retire.
What will you be doing 10 years from today?
In 10 years I will be two years away from retirement. Then I expect to spend a lot more time relaxing with my family. I will spend my time reading,traveling, swimming, biking and exercising. I hope to buy a house close to the beach.
Salary:$80,000 - $100,000