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In 1985, after being licensed as a Professional Engineer, my Area Engineer told me something that continues to be true to this day -- "there will always be a need for someone who can understand both the engineering required to design and build a building, and who can understand how to apply technology to organizations to make that job easier." As my career has grown from construction project engineer, to research program manager, to Government Civil Engineer of the Year, to national industry office holder, to Founder Prairie Sky Consulting in 2014, this down-to-earth perspective is never far from my thoughts.
Throughout my career, I have focused on the need to standardize, streamline and improve the quality of the design and construction process. Starting with leading projects focused on reducing the cost of public facilities during each of the design, construction, and claims phases by leveraging technology, to recognizing the need to increase data efficiency and leading development of the open standards for Building Information Modeling, I am inspired by dedication of those in the field and the progress we've made, and at the same time, still motivated to continue my efforts in light of the scope and complexity of emerging challenges. While these challenges are daunting, I am confident that they can be overcome by collaborative and concerted effort.