Russell G. Gray, PE
Rutgers University | B.S. Mechanical Engineering
Why did you become an engineer?
My father was a mechanic and my mother was a machinist, so figuring out how things work and how to make things work is in my blood. Engineering gave me the opportunity to use the real world skills I learned from my parents and also incorporate my love of math and science.
What advice would you give an engineering student?
Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Don’t just ask how to do something, ask why it’s done that way. Knowing why something is done a certain way is far more valuable that just knowing how to do it.
What’s your favorite thing about working at Barton?
Every day presents a new challenge or puzzle to overcome. I have friends that work in industry and they essentially design the same thing over and over again trying to make it just a little bit better each time. At Barton’s, I could be working on a bridal shop one day, a 1000 ton chilled water plant the next, and a butterfly atrium the day after that. No two days are the same.
What do you do when you’re not working?
I try to spend my downtime playing with my kids and spending time with my wife. I also enjoy anything related to the outdoors, projects around the house or in the yard, and golfing.
What’s your favorite quote/saying?
“I love it when a plan comes together.” – Colonel John “Hannibal” Smith