Nicholas Furgason

  1. Tell me an interesting fact about yourself.
    • I started working in the industry as an Architectural CADD technician and worked as a job captain and small project manager for 4 years before I decided to go to school for electrical engineering. I did not switch to EE until my first semester of my internship.
  1. Why did you go into your profession?
    •  I fell into this industry after I participated in an experimental ‘school to work’ program with a Timber Frame Design Firm. After high school, I went to a community college and pursued a degree in CADD. After a few diverse types of positions working in CADD, I found a home with an Architecture Firm and have been in the industry ever since.
  1. What is your greatest strength?
    • I have always been a detail-oriented person. My background in architecture gives me a unique perspective while working as an electrical designer.
  1. What is your greatest personal achievement (not related to work)
    • Raising my kids (well, still in progress technically).
  1. What is your greatest professional achievement? (Related to IDS)
    • I had the amazing opportunity to participate in IDS’s recent projects with the University of Notre Dame.
  1. What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
    • I enjoy photography and several outdoor activities. My most recent hobby seems to be renovating my house.
  1. What motivates you?
    • Honestly, I have never actually been sure of specific things that motivate me. I have always considered myself a “motivated person,” though. I think that the simplest thing would be to say that “success,” or “seeing a finished product” would be my primary motivations in life.
  1. What is your #1 professional goal?
    • I would like to finish my EE degree.

“To give anything but your best is to waste the gift”  –  Steve Prefontaine