Reed Rushing is an associate principal and senior mechanical engineer at Rushing.
Q. How did you become interested in mechanical engineering?
A. I grew up in an engineering family, but I wouldn’t say I was groomed for it. I think my interest in building/designing began with toys like Legos and model trains when I was a kid. As I grew older I gained an affinity for problem solving in math and sciences. I think it was a slow build. I started out as a physics major in college but really got into my groove when I realized I enjoyed the application of physics more than the deep theoretical side, so I transferred into the mechanical engineering program and the rest was history.
Q. What do you like about working at Rushing?
A. Continuously learning and solving new problems on a daily basis is the most rewarding part of working here at Rushing. Being in a market that’s required to be on the cutting edge of sustainable building design forces us to think outside the box and challenge our processes constantly. No single person or individual discipline within the company or the industry as a whole can rise to the challenge in isolation. Being able to leverage all seven disciplines at Rushing in conjunction with architects to arrive at solutions to complex problems inspires a sense of team accomplishment that no one person alone could achieve. We’re re-inventing the wheel with every new project and it’s an exciting machine to be a part of.
Q. What’s your favorite way to spend a weekend?
A. Spending time with my wife going on hikes, camping or short weekend trips to new places. I also try to hang with my niece and nephew as much as I can. They’re four and two years old and I’m on a mission to be the cool uncle they brag to their friends about.
Q. What is the most useless talent you have?
A. I’ve got a pretty decent library of useless stand up comedy quotes in my head.
Q. What project are you excited about right now?
A. There are so many projects to be excited about right now, but I’m probably most excited by our Living Building Pilot Program projects, most notably Magnolia Safeway. It’s been an awesome challenge to the whole project team, driving us to think differently about everything we do. Our sustainability and energy teams have done an amazing job of leading everyone through the experience.
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