Employee Spotlight | Wind Fuller
This month’s employee spotlight features Wind Fuller, a G&W Engineering Mechanical and Plumbing Designer. As a Mechanical and Plumbing Designer, Wind designs the systems that make buildings comfortable and sanitary. On a typical work day, Wind reviews equipment submittals, designs HVAC or plumbing systems, draws CAD HVAC or plumbing systems, and generally keeps projects moving toward completion.
Q: When you are not working, what do you enjoy to do in your free time?
Family activities - we stay very active with our children’s activities, school functions, sleepovers and such. We kind of live vicariously through our kids. Outdoor activities I enjoy are fishing, hiking, hunting, and gardening. While I don’t get as much time as I would like, gardening is my Zen. I live on what is left of my family’s farm. The quiet, family history, methodical work and production of wonderful healthy vegetables is my refresh.
Q: Where is your favorite place to be?
On my family farm. My wife and I bought the house my grandparents built on the farm in the 70’s. With all older houses there are repairs to be made and updates needed, but this is the house I remember family holidays and my kids will always have it now too for their memories.
Q: Why did you choose Engineering?
Engineering more chose me. My grandpa was an engineer, my uncle was an engineer, I guess it was in the genes. My family had a consulting engineers business and I started out working for them. I remember when they were starting out my uncle was so excited to be able to run HVAC loads on a computer but not having to use punch cards, that’s right punch cards; these days a computer that you can design an entire building on takes up less space than a stack of punch cards.
Q: What values are important to you?
I would say Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. Sounds odd to say, but those things and how they relate to people treating other people, are deeply held values/rights to me.
Q: What is something about yourself that might be surprising?
I don’t have a middle name. My mother was a bit of a free spirit, so besides saddling her son with an endless supply of questions about his name, she also didn’t give me a fallback middle name like Mike or Fred or any common name. That may come across as sarcasm but it’s not, it’s part of what has given me my sparkling charm and stunning wit.