John Goodin, P.E.
Mechanical engineer with Paladin Inc.
Member since: 2010
What you do: Our firm provides design and commissioning services for new and existing commercial building MEP systems. This unique mix allows me to design energy-efficient retrofits, manage the construction process, and develop LEED energy models. I also perform field verification and functional testing of control systems. Participation in both the design and field work keeps me enthusiastic about our projects.
What do you value in the people you work with? A strong work ethic, creativity, and a sense of humor.
Biggest professional role model? It may be cliché but I'm going with my dad. His hard work and integrity set a standard that I can only hope to match.
What do you think companies need to do to attract younger generations into the engineering industry? Investment in and support of math education and related after school programs at the elementary school level is a critical piece. I think that most students at the high school and college levels have been so conditioned to dislike math that they don't even consider engineering when making a career choice. If we can reduce the stigma and fear associated with math in our youngest students, perhaps engineering will be a more enticing option for them down the road.
If you weren't an engineer, you'd be: An architect. I've always had a passion for building (thank you LEGO) but never the artistic skills to match.
Proudest engineering accomplishment: Taking over as project manager for a large post-commissioning effort after only four years of experience. After initially thinking I'd bitten off more than I could chew (and with a little help from fellow engineers), I managed to implement system modifications that saved $263,000 per year in energy costs.
Your hobbies? Golfing, running.
Finish this sentence: In 10 years, I will have... happiness, health, and hopefully my sanity.
You joined NSPE to... Further my development as a young engineer and become more proactive in the engineering community.
Your desert island book: Something long, humorous, and engrossing so that I could forget what I assume would be mind-numbing boredom on a deserted island. A field survival guide might be more practical though.