Where are you from and what did you study in school?
Chris: I grew up in Pilot Butte, Saskatchewan, Canada. I attended the University of Saskatchewan where I received my Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering.
What do you like to do in your free time?
Chris: I like to keep fit by taking Muay-Thai classes, I have a gaming computer I get a lot of use out of, I spend time with my family, camping, hunting, traveling, I try to get to the movie theatre as often as I can, and I tinker with circuit design, software development, and data analysis when the mood strikes me. Engineer at heart.
What jobs did you have before working with UE Systems?
Chris: I have worked as an Electrical Engineering consultant in the commercial/industrial construction industry, and I was the Electrical Engineering Team Lead for a large manufacturing company that built custom equipment and product lines for the agriculture, oil/gas, mining, trucking/transport, construction, and rail industries.
What was your first impression of the maintenance & reliability community?
Chris: A dedicated bunch who takes pride in delivering value to the teams they operate in. The people I’ve come across seem to be very knowledgeable in their respective fields, are willing to learn something new, aren’t afraid to get hands-on experience, and ask great questions that keep me on my toes.
What has surprised you the most about what you could do with ultrasound technology?
Chris: The idea that our sensors and instruments can summarize the complicated mathematics and engineering behind ultrasound data capture into a single numeric output is incredible. This makes our equipment easy to use, and the data recorded simply to understand and apply in a wide variety of applications.
If you could snap your fingers together and become an expert in something, what would it be?
Chris: Physics and Finance, I’d be unstoppable.
What is a place that you hope to get to visit?
Chris: I’d love to explore more of Europe.
Cake or pie?
Chris: Huge pumpkin pie fan.
If you could have dinner with anyone in the world, past or present, who would it be and why?
Chris: Anyone who could teach me something new, I love learning from people who are passionate about what they do.
What’s your best childhood memory?
Chris: Anything to do with camping, sitting by the fire, listening to the rain, playing cards, roasting marshmallows.
What’s the best piece of advice you have received?
Chris: The reason we have two ears and one mouth is so we listen twice as much as we speak.
Do you have any movie or TV show recommendations?
Chris: Any season of The Office that includes Michael Scott. Nitro Circus is also pretty great if you like extreme sports.
What is your biggest guilty pleasure?
Chris: Taking a Saturday every once in a while to relax and do nothing productive.
What is the most important thing you have learned while working with UE Systems?
Chris: The maintenance and reliability industry is broad and diverse, there is always something new to learn with each customer if you are paying attention.