Daniel Foote, E.I.

Mechanical Engineer

Gulf Shores was my childhood home where I competed in multiple sports and built a lot of Legos.  After moving to Tennessee, I graduated from Mount Juliet High School, and continued my education at Tennessee Technological University (Tech).  While at Tech, I enjoyed serving at the Baptist Collegiate Ministry, forming lifelong friendships, and playing on the Club Ultimate Frisbee team, the Tennessee Tech Golden Beagles.  In 2017, I graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.  Later that summer, I married my now wife, Caroline, who I met at Tech.  We enjoy hiking, riding bikes, and watching movies.

Early in high school, I was playing on my high school golf team and was at a golf course five to six days a week.  I wanted to pursue professional golf, but knowing the difficulty of becoming a professional athlete, I brainstormed with my parents for a backup plan.  I always loved math and science, as well as being creative, so we decided on engineering.  As part of a team project in a freshman engineering class, I designed and built a working underwater remote-operated vehicle.  My interest in this project lead me to declaring mechanical engineering as my major.  Following my sophomore year, I was blessed with the opportunity to get work experience on a co-op with Modine Manufacturing in Lawrenceburg, TN.  I worked under the Production Furnace Engineer, running tests, collecting and analyzing data, and writing programs for different parts’ “cook times”.  I enjoyed my time at Modine, but I wanted my career to have a design aspect.  I returned to Tech looking for design fields and found HVAC.  During the next two years, I finished my education focusing on fluids and HVAC design.

In my last semester of college, I received an email asking about my resume and if I had interest in the HVAC consulting field.  Two months later, I starting working at Kurzynske & Associates as a plumbing and mechanical engineer.  I have learned a great deal about design and the industry since then, and I would not want to do anything else.  My experience includes plumbing and mechanical design in restaurants and small retail stores.