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Michael W. Lucas, PE
The Pennsylvania State University | Bachelor of Architectural Engineering
Why did you become an engineer?
Growing up, I was always taking things apart and putting them back together. I started out with toys, then moved on to guitars and then on to cars. I was a curious child, and I needed to know how everything worked. When it came time to choose a major in college, it was quite clear that engineering was the right choice.
What do you do when you’re not working?
My wife and I like to travel and work on our house. Most weekends you can either find us on the road to visit family or “fixing up” our house – room by room.
Do you have any favorite hobbies?
Fly-fishing is a year-round hobby that gets me outdoors and exploring mother nature. Whether it’s finding a new mountain stream to catch wild brook trout in the summer or fishing the tributaries of Lake Erie for big Steelhead in the winter – it’s always a good time.
What is the biggest misconception about engineers?
That engineers are not creative. I’ve found that engineers in this industry are the most creative people I’ve met. We are constantly being presented with unique challenges that require creative & innovative solutions.
What advice would you give an engineering student?
Never stop learning. The world around us & our technologies are constantly changing. Good engineers know what innovative technologies are at the forefront of their fields, but the greatest engineers are coming up with these innovative technologies.