Chris VanOverbeke

  1. Tell me an interesting fact about yourself.
    • My friends and I have a challenge to each a whole 30 oz roll of cookie dough in one sitting, we have tried multiple times but never completed.
  2. Why did you go into your profession?
    • I started at IDS after being heavily influenced to go into the big three, University of Detroit Mercy sort of guides each mechanical engineering student to that lifestyle since automotive has such a big impact. But I wanted to do something different. Through school I determined I love to learn about the flow of systems, such as aerodynamics or the effect of dropping a rock in a river, and now learning about the flow of air through a duct or water through a pipe has peaked my interest and kept me learning on that path.
  3. What is your greatest strength?
    • I find my greatest strength is the desire to understand as much as I can and keep learning about different systems and how they work.
  4. What is your greatest personal achievement (not related to work)
    • My greatest personal achievement outside of work was working on my senior design project in college to help a disabled veteran walk better.
  5. What is your greatest professional achievement? (related to IDS)
    1. My greatest professional achievement was designing University of Michigan Fire protection system during my first year of work! It was interesting for a young professional in the industry.
  6. What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
    1. Outside of work, I like hanging out with my two dogs, going mountain biking, and relaxing at home. Through the pandemic, I have gotten really into Formula 1 racing as well.
  7. What motivates you?
    1. I would like to say coffee in the morning, but generally I just want to do a good job for the company, while also making the clients/owners happy with our work.
  8. What is your #1 professional goal?
    1. My professional goal is to design and model an entire mechanical room for one of the universities that we work with.

“You don’t expect to be at the top of the mountain the day you start climbing.” – Ron Dennis