It's #Engineer Week! Founded by NSPE in 1951, EWeek (February 21–27, 2016) is dedicated to ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce by increasing understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers. Learn more here.
All week LaBella will be highlighting our diverse group of engineering disciplines. Laying the foundation for the week (ha!) will be our structural engineer, Andy Karlson!
Name: Andrew P. Karlson, PE
Alma Mater: Illinois Institute of Technology, Master of Science in Structural Engineering
What kind of engineer are you (discipline) and what does that mean in laymans terms? A Structural Engineer for building structures, closely affiliated with architecture.
What do you like most about being an engineer? Creative problem solving and the reward of successful construction. The process that starts with a concept idea, developing calculations to prove the idea and make it safe, designing and making it buildable in the 3D world, and seeing it constructed in the real world.
What do you like least about being an engineer? Always thinking about projects outside of work, even when sleeping. It’s my passion.
Tell us about a project that you’re proud of. The Rochester Train Station, currently in construction, as it has many different engineering specializations collaborating at one time.
LaBella is the lead design firm for the demolition of the existing station, design of the temporary station and the design of the new Rochester Station. The design of the new station is inspired by the work of the architect of the original station, Claude Bragdon. This phased project is budgeted at $29.8 million and will be used by over 140,000 people every year.
What advice would you give someone thinking of becoming an engineer? First, make sure you enjoy it. Engineering can take many paths; the skills learned in engineering are valuable in any direction you choose. There will always be a requirement for engineers in general, shifting in specialization from time to time.
What do you enjoy doing outside of work? Spending time with my wife and two sons going on hikes, snowboarding, traveling to big cities, and dining out at restaurants.
What do you like about working at LaBella? The culture and people I work with, because spending half your time at work should be enjoyable.