Principal: Eric Vander Mey

Eric is a Principal and Chief of Engineering. Eric is P.E. and LEED AP certified and has been with Rushing since 2006.

What inspired you to get into your field?

When I was in high school one of my teachers suggested mechanical engineering. I had a knack for solving problems and a passion for finding concrete solutions. I applied to college for mechanical engineering, and here I am.

What do you like about working at Rushing?

It’s a fun environment to be in. The pace is fast, and the work is continually evolving. I enjoy being around creative individuals who genuinely care about the work that they do and the people it impacts.

How have you grown since joining Rushing?

I think I am still about the same height. But in all seriousness, I’ve discovered my knack for finding intuitive ways to solve problems and push the envelope in our industry. Having exposure to a vast variety of projects has helped me hone in on my creative problem solving.

What are a few of your favorite projects you have worked on at Rushing?

I don’t like to pick favorites. All the projects that we have worked on are important and valuable to the evolution of Rushing and our technical expertise.

Which of our core values do you most resonate with?

Resonate as defined is to produce or be filled with a deep, full, reverberating sound.  Or to produce an electrical or mechanical resonance.  Not sure any of the values produce sounds for me, but if I had to pick one, I would pick informed expert consulting. I have been deeply involved in the development of both the Washington and Seattle Energy Codes over the last 17 years while representing mechanical engineers on the Washington State Building Code Council and Seattle Construction Codes Advisory Board. I’ve also authored many energy code change proposals targeted to increase both the enforceability and the energy efficiency of some of the most stringent energy and carbon emissions building codes in the United States.