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.