Drinks & Drones at Pendleton UAS - July

Aaron McCutchan

Design Automation & Visualization Engineer

I'm a design automation engineer currently tasked with creating tools to streamline design processes within CAD softwares. My background is a blend of electrical engineering, computer science, and meteorology. I joined Sigma in early 2024 following graduation from the University of Utah with an MS in Atmospheric Sciences. Prior to joining Sigma, I worked within several academic units and government agencies combining scientific expertise with engineering know-how to create products for decision makers that simplify large datasets related to high impact weather. My comfort zone is the unknown, and I enjoy diving deep into the physics of a problem to find data-driven solutions. In my free time, I can often be found bouldering or hiking to the next viewpoint to paint near my home in Seattle.
Aaron Mc Cutchan   Design Automation & Visualization Engineer

Questions & Answers

How do you make people laugh?

I enjoy making references to popular media from a variety of different eras. In addition to being humorous, oftentimes these references bring up fond memories, further boosting the mood.

If you were a tool or piece of equipment, what would you be and why?

I'd be a Swiss army knife. My diverse background gives me a variety of tools to approach problems with, and I am able to create good results even with limited resources.

What's your favorite productivity hack or time-saving trick?

I tend to break down tasks into bite-sized chunks. This has the advantage of both making a task look less intimidating and allowing more transparency about the status with colleagues and clients.