“I'm excited about the potential that engineering design creates by improving lives of individuals and communities.”

My Story

I was born in California’s San Francisco/Bay Area. Actually, Dr. Mattson and I were born in the same hospital, but I moved to Colorado when I was six. I played football in high school, and was cast as a baseball player in the musical “Damn Yankees.”  I’ve been married for two years and we have a daughter who is a year old. When I am not designing, I love to spend time with my family camping, mountain biking, and rock climbing.

Why I Design

I was initially declared as a physics major, and loved astronomy. I got a telescope when I was 11, which I still have and use. I was amazed at how big space was, and how everything that we see in the sky exists in a tangible form. My passion for physics and math, though, was secondary to my passion for creating things through entrepreneurship. The thought that I could employ people and help make their lives better appealed to me. A great counselor told me that if I could do the math and the science, I should do engineering rather than business, and that has brought me into the realm of design. My favorite part of design is receiving constraints and then finding new ways to solve problems. There are answers and improvements that can be applicable in both business and engineering.

What I Do

I am researching sustainability. Basically, in sustainability, there are three pillars: economic, environmental, and social. There is a lot of research about of economic and environmental sustainability, but not social. So I am picking apart how to be socially responsible in design. Social sustainability has to do with how something benefits an individual. It is just natural that engineers want to create things that are benefiting society. That is an important part of design: to not just create something that works, but create something that is of benefit and worth, and that isn’t unintentionally harming people. We need to keep in mind the bigger picture; it needs to be a product that is worth something.

Credentials

Pursuing an MS in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah

BS in Mechanical Engineering, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah

Dale Smith Innovation Scholarship recipient, 2014

Student Innovator of the Year Finalist, 2015

Eagle Scout, 2007

*These are excerpts from an interview with Andrew Pack, compiled by Justin Beard