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New Employee Highlight: Cameron Svoboda


Mechanical Engineer

Hometown: Lincoln, Nebraska

College: University of Nebraska, Lincoln


Tell us a little bit about yourself

"I'm an intelligent, humorous, and charismatic individual born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska who has a great love for life, his family (dogs obviously included), Liverpool FC, and the Green Bay Packers. I always strive to be the best that I can be and I am constantly working to improve myself and help those around me. In my free time I am either working out, hanging out with friends, reading, or playing video games."


How did you learn about SAEC?

I was searching for opportunities in some bigger non-coastal cities such as Denver, Kansas City, Oklahoma City, and while searching in Phoenix I came across a listing for a mechanical engineer here at the Phoenix office, so I applied.


What aspect of your role are you most looking forward to?

Being able to learn new material and engaging in a wide range of interactions involving all parties that work on projects in the MEP field


What would people never guess you do in your free time?

When I have the time for it I really enjoy cooking, especially if it involves trying a new recipe that I haven't previously cooked


What's your all-time favorite movie? TV Show?

Not really sure if I have an all-time favorite, as that wouldn't do justice to all the great movies I really enjoy. A few I'd slot in however would be The Princess Bride, The Original Star Wars Trilogy, Lord of the Rings, and Gladiator. For TV shows I'd go with Psych, Rick and Morty, The Last Kingdom, and Peaky Blinders.



Before working at SAEC, what was the most unusual or interesting job you've ever had?

I worked a summer job where I was, among other things, a metal blaster. That's definitely a niche job. I also worked a summer at Coldstone Creamery back in high school and that was pretty unique in its own regard.


What is a random fact that most may not know about you?

I have never broken a bone


Describe what you were like at 10 years old

Shorter


What's your nickname?

Boda. In fact, since middle school I've heard it used more than my actual name

If given a chance, who would you like to be for a day?

Someone in the top 1% of the wealth bracket so I could make some transfers to myself for when I switched back. Or the Red Baron.


What book did you last read?

It Never Snows In Sepxtember



What children's character can you relate with most and why?

In the book Verde, the snake named Verde. In a nutshell he learns and embraces the fact that being himself is the most important and distinguishing feature there is.


If you could witness any historical event, what would you want to see?

The rise of Rome OR the first time mankind set foot on the Moon


Where is the best place you have traveled to and why?

Hawai'i. The big island (Hawai'i) has one of the most diverse environments both in terms of wildlife, terrain and climate that I have ever experienced and it is a phenomenal/beautiful place that isn't completely crowded with tourists.


What is the weirdest thing you have on your desk?

A lack of clutter. I guess I'm officially an adult now.

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

I would learn as many languages as I possibly could. Or to fly.


What have you always wanted to try but never have?

Travelling outside of the country


What is your all-time favorite restaurant?

Macaroni Grill or the Kona Brewery. For a less fancy food place, I'd have to go with Chipotle or Hibachi-San





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