After graduating high school, Gary had a good job, but was encouraged by his mother to go to college to explore other opportunities. He was inspired by a family member who worked at a community college to put his math skills to good use, which led him to mechanical engineering technology at Western Iowa Technical Community College.
Gary appreciates the opportunity to design projects from conception to completion, and knowing how they will impact the people that use them. Over the course of his career, Gary has worked on over 250 K-12 educational projects, including projects like J.P. Lord Elementary and Liberty Middle School. Gary also recognizes the importance of community impact and public learning, which is why he is proud to have been a part of the team that designed mechanical systems for the Desert Dome at the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium. Creating an indoor desert environment in a location not naturally-suited to hot, dry weather conditions provides visitors from around the world with a learning opportunity unlike any other.
The number of available engineering tools continues to grow every day. Gary realizes the value of these new tools and actively supports implementing them in Alvine Engineering’s design efforts. This not only improves efficiency in the mechanical systems themselves, but throughout the design process, too.
- American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) Member
- American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and Civil Engineering Presenter on the Desert Dome for a Local Monthly Meeting
- Henry Doorly Zoo Scott Aquarium Tour Guide for ASHRAE During the Chapter Regional Conference
- Local Church Volunteer
“Having the opportunity to design schools that impact the learning environment of students of all ages has meant a lot during my career.”