Engineers Week

Engineers Week 2019 - Jacob Lucas

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Where are you from? Bankston, Iowa

Where did you go to school? Loras College

What office are you based out of? Dubuque, Iowa

Which area of engineering do you practice? Electrical/Controls Engineering

What does “engineering” mean to you? For me engineering is “making things work”. You can take a mix of unrelated parts and equipment and design a system that allows them to work together to solve the problem at hand.

Why did you choose the engineering field? I’ve always been interested in how things work, and enjoy tinkering and taking things apart.

What is your favorite project that you’ve worked on? Osceola, Iowa Wastewater Treatment Facility Upgrade

A piece of advice you would have for those considering engineering as a profession? Stick with it! Don’t let calculus and other daunting college courses scare you off. If you are a problem solver and want to make an impact in your community, engineering is for you.

Fun fact: My wife Jamie and I have 2 kids, Josey and James. Both times she was pregnant I managed to injure my knee playing rec league basketball. The latest incident occurred last December, coincidentally less than a week before we were scheduled to move. Needless to say I’ve been forced into early retirement from basketball.

Engineers Week 2019 - Russ Stammer

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Where are you from? Storm Lake, Iowa

Where did you go to school? Iowa State University

What office are you based out of? Rochester, Minnesota

Which area of engineering do you practice? Civil Engineering

What does “engineering” mean to you? Guiding clients, regulators and contractors to good solutions and good projects.

Why did you choose the engineering field? Aptitude tests in high school and talking with other classmates.

What is your favorite project that you’ve worked on? I have two! The Hampton, Iowa Composite Water Tower, which was the first modern composite water tower in Iowa. The second is the Fort Dodge Phase 1 Waste Water Treatment Improvements project, where repairs were made that brought the plant into compliance with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources while staying within the City’s set budget.

A piece of advice you would have for those considering engineering as a profession? Choose your profession based on the big picture of what you decide you want to do. Don’t avoid a career because of the classes you have to take to get there. I did not like chemistry in school, but it is an important part of my work.

Fun fact: I backpacked 72 miles at Philmont with my son and his fellow boys scouts a few years ago.