As a professional engineer, I’ve been able to work as an author, designer, inventor, mentor, and networker. I graduated from UNB’s Civil Engineering program in 1993 and received my master’s degree at the Sobeys School of Business.
When COVID-19 hit, I quickly switched to virtual training work and public safety, working with Engineers and Geoscientists Northeast on STEM PPE projects in the Miramichi area. This led to the fabrication of over 700 PPE 3D face-shield supports, with the assistance of many local engineers, teachers, and student teams who were missing out on science fairs and project-based experiences. The PPE we made assisted a myriad of institutions in the northeast region to combat COVID-19.
I’ve also worked as a 3D designer, rendering new innovative 3D shapes and engineering designs for Clean Energy Technologies. These include micro-hydro Pelton water turbine wheels, solar LED light towers, and off-grid Solar EV charging stations.
I’ve formed a new Clean Energy Support Group to help address three issues facing the new normal with net-zero projects. This group’s mandate focuses on youth training, a buy-local strategy, and promotion of eco-experiences. I believe that youth need opportunities to help get them outdoors, invest in object-based activities, and not just stare at electronic screens.
My most recently released book, You’re Lucky if Your Kids Go Outside, demonstrates these principles in terms of the resourcefulness and tenacity of master builders from the past. One of my favourite problem-solving models, Occams Razor, provides the innovation principle for communities, keeping designs and installations simple for a long lifecycle of positive change in our net-zero communities.
My current work-in-progress, Proof in the Rock: Chert Stories tells the story of surficial geology and LIDAR technology for the benefit of future engineering generations. My mission is to tell engineering stories that will change the way we work, play, and write.
My career has been fueled by a passion for constructivism and innovation. Engineers think outside the box, and we seek creative methods in design and specifications. The work I do helps change the way we look at our environment with a focus on public safety at all costs.