Drinks & Drones at Pendleton UAS - July

Michael Gist

Mechanical Engineering Manager

As a Mechanical Engineer for over 16 years, my work experience has given the opportunity to work on a variety of technologies from concept through production. That experience aids me in supporting my team of highly competent engineers delivering quality designs to our wide variety of customers, no matter the stage of development.
Michael Gist   Mechanical Engineering Manager

Questions & Answers

How do you make people laugh?

Usually through taking a strong stance on something ridiculous. For instance, there was a a several week period where I insisted that the movie Masters of the Universe was a great film that we should all watch. Granted, I had not seen it since I was a child, and I was very, very mistaken.

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

I'm all about efficiency - so for me it is the lathe. The lathe is one of the few fabrication tools capable of fabricating itself. So in addition to fabricating components for a variety of other tools or equipment, I can support making more lathes. Eventually, world domination of my intelligent, self-replicating lathes!

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

As obvious as it is to most - a second monitor (or even a third) monitor for my computer. One that is the main focus for my work, one that provides references or utilities I need for that work, and a third for emails/calendar/chats. This way I can quickly glance at incoming messages and determine if it is urgent enough to stop my work, without having to stop what I'm doing.