Chris is the newest structural engineer in Schaefer’s Phoenix, Arizona office.
1. Where are you from?
I’m from Albany in Western Australia. I moved to the United States in 2000. I chose to live in Phoenix, Arizona because it’s cheap, there’s no snow, summer lasts for six months (pool party yay!) and the beach is only a four hour drive away.
2. What is the most extreme thing you have ever done?
I’ve been underground cave tubing in New Zealand.
3. What’s your signature dish to cook for family and friends?
I cook a delicious spaghetti bolognese.
4. If you weren’t a structural engineer, what would you be?
I would be a professional musician.
5. Most prized possession/what you couldn’t live without (outside of family and friends).
I don’t want to live without my Land Cruiser or bass guitar collection.
6. What is your greatest accomplishment?
I’m most proud of being a father.
7. Meet my family.
My wife, Jana, and I have two children, William and Stella.
8. Who is your biggest inspiration and why?
My grandfather was a World War II veteran (England) and was also an engineer. He worked hard, but also knew how to laugh. He didn’t live to see me become an engineer, but I try to infuse a little bit of him in everything I do.
9. Quote to live by.
“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” -Thomas Edison
10. Fun fact about yourself.
I am ambidextrous.