Team Spotlight

What is your favorite part about being a Director at KS&R?
The problem solving aspect of the job. Even though you are applying a lot of the same methodologies and approaches, there are always new challenges and different ways to solve them versus going to a job where it is the same thing every day.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A vet because I like animals, but when I was in high school, I had to take my cat to the vet to get a shot, and I passed out, so that didn't work out. Also, I liked the idea of being a librarian because I enjoy books. That is actually the same reason why I got into research. I liked any class in college that had a research aspect, so I thought why not try out research?

What one thing have you not done yet that you really want to do?
I would like to travel more to see places that I haven't seen or revisit places that I got a chance to see when I was younger and see how it has changed. I always like to see new places and see how other people live in different parts of the world.

If you could have a superpower, what would it be?
I'd like to be able to get things done very quickly and efficiently, either that or the power to be in two places at one time. Thinking from the perspective of the technologies we work with, essentially I'd like the power to improve my processing speed so I could check more things off in a day than what I normally can. It feels like there are so many things to get done in a day, it would be nice to get them done more quickly so you could get to the point where you could slow down and relax.

What movie can you watch over and over without ever getting tired of?
There are not many movies I can think of recently that I have watched again and again, but as I child I think I watched Back to the Future 58 times. We happened to have it on tape. I like that movie because if you watched closely you had the chance to notice new details they put into the movie each time.

What was cool when you were young but isn't cool now?
When I was a kid, we spent a lot more time playing outside, just hanging out with each other "being bored", and reading. Really non-digital type of things. There wasn't TV programming that was on 24 hours a day that was of interest to kids. Doing non-screen things was cool.

Who do you feel like you know even though you've never met them?
I like to read memoirs. I just read Michelle Obama's memoir and it was well written and I felt like I got to know her, even though I definitely haven't met her in real life. Another phenomena these days where you can experience that feeling is; when you look at your social media and you have a friend from college or high school and they may post a lot of pictures about someone in their life, and you see that person somewhere in person and feel like you know them because of the posts and pictures, but they don't know who you are at all.