PAT PAPARTASSEE, PE
What drew you to becoming an engineer?
Originally, I wanted to be a physics teacher but decided to change course and study mechanical engineering. Engineering is a very broad field and I got into consulting engineering right after college. The learning never ends in this profession; no two projects are ever the same. That combined with working in a team environment is what keeps me interested. I still have a passion for teaching and really enjoy training and working with young engineers.
What’s your favorite project?
Currently I am working on an in-house project that involves the development of company standards for HVAC related calculations as well as a Revit template. It is a great opportunity to be a part of something that the whole firm can benefit from.
What would you tell your younger engineering self to make his life easier today?
There are two pieces of advice I would give my younger self. Don’t fear conflict (they’re not all bad) and find a mentor.
What do you do when you aren’t engineering?
You’ll find me on the tennis court or in the kitchen testing recipes.
Role: Senior Associate
Years of experience: 12 years
Education: University of California, Irvine