Engineers Week 2019 - Randy Johnson

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Where are you from? Fairbanks, Alaska

Where did you go to school? University of Alaska Fairbanks

What office are you based out of? West Des Moines, Iowa

Which area of engineering do you practice? General Civil Engineering (Municipal)

What does “engineering” mean to you? To me engineering involves providing the public with systems to improve public infrastructure, including roads, sewer, water, and air.

Why did you choose the engineering field? High school aptitude tests indicated engineering would be a good field for me. I’ve always enjoyed math and science, and I enjoy being outside.

What is your favorite project that you’ve worked on? University of Alaska Fairbanks Dining Facility. We added a dining facility to the Student Union. The building’s exterior almost entirely consists of colored glass panels. I took the project from conceptual development through final construction.

A piece of advice you would have for those considering engineering as a profession? Do it! An engineering degree offers so many avenues, and gives you the flexibility to find an area that you enjoy.

Fun fact: I’ve been married 33 years and have three kids. Two daughters who are still in Alaska, and my son who is currently living in Des Moines. I’m also a grandpa!