Principal, Electrical Engineer



I bring more than five years of experience in the engineering and construction fields with expertise in healthcare and commercial buildings. My responsibilities include the design of electrical distribution, power, lighting, telecommunications, and fire alarm systems, and coordination with architects and other disciplines.

Electrical engineering even spills into my volunteer work. I have done a load analysis for a school for children of migrant workers in Ensenada, Mexico, and recommended a phased approach to building a power generation system.

I ensure our work is tailored to each client’s needs, avoiding cookie cutter designs.

My energy efficiency work for Packard Children’s Hospital in Palo Alto, California, was covered by EC&M in Children’s Hospital Expansion Project on Stanford Campus Goes Green. For this $1.2 billion expansion – adding 521,000 square feet of floor space and more than 3.5 acres of healing gardens and green space – we used a low-velocity displacement air distribution system for patient rooms and other spaces, requiring lower horsepower fans and lowering cooling production.

 

My Flipside

In my free time, I enjoy hiking with my family – my wife Melissa, and kids David and Sophia – which you can see here from a photo of us above Rancheria Falls in Yosemite. I’m a lifelong resident of Fremont, California.

As a youth leader at a Spanish-speaking church, I prepare them to be productive members of society. I take the youth on annual working mission trips to Ensenada, Mexico and help them with schoolwork and apply to college. When we go hiking, I teach them a “Leave No Trace” approach to nature; most of them have what I call an extreme case of “Nature Deficit Disorder.” Here you’ll see another photo of me holding my daughter Sophia and our youth group outside of the Telegraph Center in Oakland after a Thanksgiving food drive. The last picture of me in south Fremont with David in tow (sleeping).

Why the AEC industry? I got into electrical engineering because it was challenging. Originally I wanted to work in robotics, but construction was booming when I graduated. I landed my first engineering role at a company my future father-in-law recommended as one of his “top 5 in the Bay Area.”

I had some lighting experience from working at an energy consulting program in college, and they were looking for a lighting analyst. I took to the work and the industry, and I’ve been here ever since.