Director of Electrical Engineering: Nick Rich
Nick Rich is an Associate Principal and the Director of Electrical Engineering at Rushing. He has been with Rushing since 2019 and has his P.E. and LEED AP certifications.
What inspired you to get into your field?
My affinity for all things scientific and logical, as well as a drive from my father.
What do you like about working at Rushing?
The challenge of new project types and evolving industry standards as well as working collaboratively with all seven of our diverse studios.
How have you grown since joining Rushing?
My professional mantra has always been that I learn something new every day. Rushing has opened new avenues for my professional growth into avant-garde engineering design solutions for high-rise and mixed-use built environments. Our creative and diverse leaders have ‘infected’ me with a thirst for novel approaches to problem-solving through integrated design.
What are you most proud of in your career so far?
What brings me the most pride, more than projects, is how many professionals I have had the privilege to mentor and positively impact.
How would you describe your leadership style/working style?
My leadership style is focused on guiding my team through solution-oriented high-level goals while encouraging autonomous efforts and decision-making.
Can you recall the last time you laughed so hard that you cried? If so, what was it about?
This dates back to the days before the internet, Google, and web searches. One day during a break, my co-workers were shooting the breeze and I happened to overhear their conversation, focusing on one of our team member’s audiophilic love for the Beatles. This particular friend knew that I didn’t share their degree of affection for their favorite group, and so before coming out and joining in on the conversation in the bullpen, I surreptitiously looked up the name of Ringo Starr in my Almanac, correctly guessing that as soon as I made my ‘appearance’, that would be the question posed to me: What is the actual name of Beatles’ drummer? When I delivered my answer, all their jaws dropped in astonishment.
We all shared a good laugh, and henceforth the Almanac was officially renamed, “the Richard Starkey Book of Facts.”
What’s on your bucket list?
To see more of Europe and visit all 50 United States. My wife and I have visited London, Paris, and 18 U.S. states.