Hello engineers! I am really excited to present the first in a series of interviews with engineers who have already done some life design, made some progress in their career and have a story to share. The subject of the first Engineer Profile is Chris Iskander, mechanical engineer from Toronto Canada.
If you were hoping to collect more data on what fellow engineers are doing, look no further!
The Engines of Democracy with Chris Iskander
(interview run time 20 min – you can right-click to download, left-click to play in a new window.)
The subject of today’s profile is the multi-talented Chris Iskander, who graduated from the University of Toronto with a Mechanical Engineering degree. Today he works for Dominion Voting Systems, a company that provides products and services to support elections.
So Chris is responsible for the engines of democracy. (I like to say so anyway!) Hence the title of this post. Very timely topic considering tomorrow’s big election in the US, no?
He came on as employee #15 over eight years ago, when the company was just two years old. He shares the reason that his company survived as a startup, and what he feels their biggest competitive advantage is and what makes him most proud to work there.
It’s really a fantastic interview. He surprised me with a reference to something we all learned way back in high school.
He took the words right out of my mouth when it comes to true fulfilment in your life and career.
You might be surprised to hear his reasons for ignoring his father’s wishes, or to learn why he had to go to the Phillipines eight times in 2010!
Chris also very generously offered his own approach to making good career decisions.
He offered some tremendous advice to the engineer who is starting out:
“If you’re not happy, don’t internalize it. Don’t make it personal. Don’t let yourself believe it’s something negative about you.”
I’ll be interviewing more inspiring engineers in the weeks and months to come. We hope you will find these interviews informative, thought-provoking and enjoyable, starting today with adrenaline-loving, often-traveling, highly-risk-tolerant Chris Iskander!
Would love to hear what you think of Chris’ advice or anything else we spoke about in the interview. Drop me a comment or a tweet.