Member of the Month - October 2017
This member of the month is LT Erich Dix, USCG - ASNE Central Gulf Coast Section Treasurer and Webmaster. See what LT Dix had to say to Membership and Graphic Design Manager Michelle Redmon.
Michelle: What got you into Naval Engineering? (What specific event or moment).
Erich: When I was a cadet at the US Coast Guard Academy, I spent one of my summers on CGC DECISIVE out of Pascagoula, MS. The ship was preparing for a 3 week training course and going through daily drills for fire, flooding, etc. I was blown away by how the Damage Control Assistant, a junior officer assigned to the engineering department, ran the entire damage control operation. I wanted to be in the action. At graduation in 2012 I requested a Naval Engineering billet in Florida and was assigned to CGC RESOLUTE in St Petersburg, FL as a Student Naval Engineer. Since then I've been hooked.
Michelle: What is a fun fact most people don't know about you?
Erich: I run a half marathon every week for training.
Michelle: What is one engineer/scientist/ or mathematician dead or alive would you like to meet?
Erich: Sir Issac Newton. His work has dominated my classes for the last 2 semesters of grad school.
Michelle: If you could engineer your perfect concession stand/food truck, what would it be?
Erich: A smoked meats and bakery truck called “Meats and Sweets”.
Michelle: Why are you a member of ASNE?
Erich: To network with other Naval Engineers and expand my horizons in the field. I’ve met great people in the organization and life long mentors in our section. I really look forward to the monthly meetings.
Michelle: What does “Naval Engineering” mean to you?
Erich: To me, Naval Engineering is advancing mankind’s relationship with water. Many of society’s future problems such as transportation, defense, energy. and rising sea levels depend on Naval Engineering to help solve them.