Manager of Electrical Engineering: Andrew Blackwell
Andrew Blackwell, Manager of Electrical Engineering at Rushing, has been with the company since 2022 and is a licensed Professional Engineer (Electrical).
How did you get into Electrical Engineering?
Ever since I was a kid, I’ve had an interest in engineering, and it was largely due to my mom’s profession as a computer engineer at AMD. I still remember attending “bring your kid to work” days and getting a glimpse of the fabrication labs, which fascinated me. From that point on, I knew that I wanted to pursue a career in electrical engineering. The thought of being able to design and create things that can solve real-world problems has always been my driving force.
What motivates you to carry out your work?
What truly motivates me in my work is seeing how the buildings I design can transform the cities they are built in. There is something satisfying about knowing that my work can have a lasting impact on the landscape of a city, and I take pride in the fact that my designs can contribute to the growth and development of communities.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
Nothing brings me more satisfaction than working alongside talented individuals and seeing the positive impact our work has on the community. The ability to collaborate with others and leverage their strengths to achieve a common goal is what I find most rewarding about my role.
What advice would you give to others wanting to enter your field?
There is no greater gift than being able to do what you love. For those who have a passion for architecture and engineering, this is the place to be. The opportunity to explore your creativity, push boundaries, and engineer solutions to complex problems is what makes this field so exciting and fulfilling.
What are you most excited about for your new role?
I am most excited about continuing to be a leader and mentor for my team. I have always enjoyed guiding and supporting my team members, and this new position gives me the chance to do so on a larger scale. Being a leader and a mentor not only helps me enhance my own skills but also enables me to positively impact the growth and development of those around me.
What is something that you’re proud of? Personal and/or professional.
I’m proud of my P.E. in electrical engineering because it shows my expertise in the field, allows me to take on more complex projects, and gives my clients confidence in my abilities. It’s a recognition of my hard work and dedication, and one of my proudest achievements.
Who are you outside of your career?
An outdoor enthusiast! I love running, cycling, swimming, hiking, camping, and climbing. As soon as I’m off the clock, I’m outside doing an activity, soaking in the sun, and enjoying the fresh air around me.
What is something that many people don’t know about you?
I love doing puzzles. I can solve the 2×2, 3×3, 4×4, and 5×5 Rubik’s cubes. I do every NYT mini crossword, and I do my best at the daily crosswords.