Hello, I'm Joe Wach Engineer. Educator. Mentor.

Introducing oneself as an engineer can be risky – provoking interesting looks from people quickly scanning for my pocket protector and the mustard stain on my shirt and perhaps a resemblance of Dilbert or Wally. Fortunately, we have some contemporary great inventors such as Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk and Mark Cuban disrupting those stereotypes and inspiring a whole new generation of engineers.

With nearly three decades in the field of engineering, I have invested much time, energy, and innovation applying mathematics and science (sans pocket protector) in my daily job. However, throughout my career, I have also had an enduring dream and desire to apply my knowledge and experience in a classroom someday. I believe NOW is that someday.

Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing. –Theodore Roosevelt

IT ALL STARTED ...

... when I was a young boy fascinated with taking apart and attempting to rebuild anything with wires and electrical components. I loved math. I loved science. And my affinity for sequential strategies and logical thinking propelled me toward the field of engineering. I earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Colorado, Boulder and had the privilege of being hired in my field even before graduation. When I was promoted into management, I returned to CU to earn a Master of Engineering in Engineering Management.

I BEGAN MY CAREER . . .

... as a firmware developer and software engineer. Then in 1993, I was hired by Seagate, a global leader in data storage technology, where I have enjoyed numerous opportunities to develop, refine, and apply my skills. Currently I serve as a senior director where I've managed technical and cross-site global projects in the United States, Singapore, and Korea.

ONE OF MY FAVORITE THINGS ...

... in my role at Seagate is the frequent opportunity to deliver instructional and informational presentations to executive management, customers, and industry forums. I love the challenge of distilling complex information into understandable concepts – skills that I believe will serve me well in a classroom setting.

I LOVE TO HELP OTHERS ...

...especially when I can help them understand and appreciate mathematics as much as I do. While I am definitely a linear and logical thinker, I also have a strong creative bent that comes in handy when helping make complex problems easier to understand. Whether it's helping my neighbor engineer a new deck or calculate a business plan or tutoring my own kids, I welcome any opportunity to help others tackle problem solving in efficient ways. There's nothing quite like seeing the light bulb of understanding brighten up anyone's face!

For a glimpse of my teaching style, below is the first of three lessons I submitted to Khan Academy.

FOR 11 YEARS ...

...I have facilitated and coordinated Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University programs by working with large groups, small groups, and mentoring individuals. It is an amazing experience to see people "get it," and to begin to change their lives and ultimately their family tree. I see the relief in their faces as they move from living life with seemingly unending pressure of not enough money to one of financial peace.

As a coordinator of numerous FPU classes I had the privilege of personally meeting Dave Ramsey, best selling author, syndicated radio show host and creator of Financial Peace University.

SERVING MY COMMUNITY-LONGMONT, CO

THE ANGEL INITIATIVE

Recently, I've been invited to serve on the Angel Program Task Force – a newly launched initiative formed by the Longmont Department of Public Safety in partnership with the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.).

BUSINESS MATTERS

I also serve on the Longmont High School - High School of Business Steering Committee, a group of educators, business professionals, and community leaders committed to preparing business college bound students and offering them access to accelerated, project based curriculum, assessments, peer network, and support.

"The enjoyment of leisure would be nothing if we had only leisure. It is the joy of work well done that enables us to enjoy rest ..." Elizabeth Elliot, Discipline: The Glad Surrender

In my SPARE TIME

The Family I share Life With

JUST A COUPLE MORE TRICKS IN MY BAG

THE MANAGINEER

Also, you can check out my blog I started back in 2007 when I was a corporate manager and needed to find some comic relief in the daily grind. I named it The Managineer – The place where we discuss business life. Particularly those parts, that if not so humorous, might lead to cynicism.

The greatest adventure is what lies ahead –J.R.R. Tolkien

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