Anderson and Associates welcomes one of its newest employees, a Wisconsin native, Nick Pfister. Nick was born in Madison and grew up in rural southwestern Wisconsin. He says that while he wishes he had some cool story about how he played in the sandbox that lead to his choice of the engineering profession, it was more about how the recession of 2009 inspired him to go back to school in search of a more stable profession. He states he was always decent at math and science and had a civil engineer friend as a mentor, so he decided to try civil engineering. During his last semester of college he obtained 100% in his last fluid dynamics class which he states was the hardest class he’d ever taken. It’s an accomplishment that he is proud of, and he keep the final exam hanging in his office, “…for real,” he says.
So what would bring a Wisconsin native to our Blacksburg, Viriginia office? “My family and I wanted a change of pace and scenery, and so began researching areas to possibly move to. I had some professors who went to VT, and was acquaintances with the pastor from our church in Radford, and so we started to look at moving to the area. I saw that A&A was a firm with a good reputation, and so I called,” states Nick.
He is excited to grow and excel as an engineer. He likes a company that is not too big and not too small. He also appreciates that A&A has a strong survey crew. “I came from a firm with a great survey crew, and it certainly makes a firm stronger and more diverse. Don’t forget I said that, guys.”
An “ideal” day for Nick is one where he comes to work having already begun working out a problem in his head and can jump into trying to find a solution by the days end. “I want to do work that is meaningful,” says Nick. He enjoys tackling difficult problems. He wants to be someone known for his integrity and wants to inspire others to be passionate about their work.
While not “talkative” in his opinion, Nick does like to write blog posts, sermons, children’s books, etc.
He states, “I’m not very funny – although my kids seem to think I’m hilarious.” A family man, Nick has five children with his wife, Heidi. As much as he wants to excel professionally, it’s never at the expense of his family. As a family, they enjoy involvement with Christ Church in Radford, VA. Other pursuits include coffee roasting and working as a missionary.