Talent Spotlight On Dave Seward, Senior Mechanical Engineer
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What led you to a career in product development?
I fell into it. I had been working for Lockheed, at the Johnson Space Center, developing a tool kit for the International Space Station. The development cycles were long, and the focus was narrow, and I was extremely bored.
A buddy asked me to interview at a pneumatic assembly tool company he worked at. The position involved new product development and sustaining engineering. I found the idea of taking a design from conception to production very appealing. Also, the development cycles were a year, quite a bit faster than the four-year cycles at Lockheed.
After that I moved on to an engineering consulting company in Houston. Not only were the project cycles rapid the industries tended to change from project to project. The variety and necessary efficiencies associated with consulting is something I really enjoy.
I’ve been doing product development consulting ever since.
What excites you most about your job?
I love being exposed to a new problem and having to educate myself to solve it. It doesn’t matter what industry it is, if I’m learning something new, I’m happy.
Describe your most rewarding work experience to date.
A client was developing a disposable patient-controlled drug device. Twice they had attempted to release the device and failed. I had worked on several wearable sensors, from which I was able to leverage previous learnings, and quickly solved the problem they had been struggling with for years.
Where is the best place you’ve traveled to and why?
We traveled to Rome and Paris this summer and I had a wonderful time. I’m a big history buff and you can’t walk a block in either city without seeing something that was around prior to the formation of the U.S.
What is the most important thing you’ve learned in the last five years?
Changing jobs is a good thing. It’s possible, even when working at a consulting company, to become stale. It’s good to stir the pot sometimes.