Spring 2016

Mechanical Engineering

Working as the owner of SEO For Good

Past involvement with SASE
Friend –> Member –> SERC 2015 Programming Committee –> SERC 2016 Programming Director

How has SASE helped you get to where you are today?
Friendships I’ve built and the support everyone has for each other. I learned relationships are key, in business, in work, in life. You can only get so far with your technical skills, in the real world relationships take you to the next level.

What advice would you give to older SASE members prepping for life after college?
1) Network, network, network. The more people you know who can help you achieve your dreams the better. You’ll accomplish more in less time if you have mentors to guide you and like-minded people to hold you accountable.

2) Think long term about what you want your life to look like in 5, 10, 20 years and reverse engineer that.

3) Read. There are books on how to become a better leader, how to speak in public, how to sell, how to influence people, how to become wealthy and even how to read a book. Real education begins after you leave school. Build skills, work on personal development and most importantly take action.

What advice would you give to younger SASE members who are still trying to figure things out?
Make sure what you’re doing is for yourself. If you want to be an engineer go for it!

But don’t do it because your parents said so, don’t listen to your teachers, me, listen to YOURSELF. If you’re wrong you’ll learn and it’s much better to learn by tasting it, than by being told about it. This is advice for the 1, 2, or 3 entrepreneurs in here who were always a little rebellious growing up. You don’t want to be 40 and bitter towards your parents. Regret is a scary thing.

And you don’t have to have all the answers either. Just make sure you’re seeking it out and finding your purpose.

What is your favorite UF SASE memory?
Every time was a good time. What sticks out; touring Philly at NC 2014, Scott’s potlucks and everything RC 2016. Check out the conferences 🙂