National Engineers Week Spotlight: Thomas L. Bane, PE

02.22.17   Thomas L. Bane, PE | More by this Author

National Engineers Week Spotlight: Thomas L. Bane, PE

As SME celebrates National Engineers Week, we asked our engineers to tell us why they love their profession. Here's what Project Engineer Thomas L. Bane, PE, had to say.

What inspired you to become an engineer?

When I was in high school, I really liked physics. It just clicked for me and showed me how a seemingly complicated world could be boiled down to a few elegant equations. When I started looking at colleges and career prospects, I discovered that what I really liked was the application of the principals of physics to the real world. I ended up choosing civil engineering over mechanical engineering because it meant I did not have to take thermodynamic. Seriously, thermo is awful.

What is your favorite part about working in our industry?

I work as a building enclosure consultant. This profession gives me the opportunity to work with the captains of the construction industry down to the laborers in the field. I’m given the opportunity to imagine solutions to unique problems, put the solution on paper, teach people the principals behind why it works, work with the people in the field to execute the idea, and finally test it to show it works. I find it satisfying to work and learn with others and create solutions.

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