Brandon’s Innovation: A Brief Interview with Excellence

April 18, 2019

We connected with Brandon Twedt, an airport engineer* based in the St. Paul, Minnesota office. He won an employee recognition award for the new innovative tools he introduced to SEH.

At SEH, we recognize employees through our Act of Excellence program. In it, employees can be nominated for excellence in one of three categories: Accomplishment, Character or Innovation. Brandon won an Act of Excellence award for Innovation for the extensive research on the innovative tools to help in the planning, design and inspection of airport projects. These tools include drones, webcams, GIS software and project website.

1. What does the word “innovation” mean to you? (Five or fewer words if possible)

Bringing creativity to problem solving.

2. What do you love most about your job?

I love the flexibility to be outside on projects and harnessing new technology on them.

3. What motivates you?

The drive to always do something better. Technology today allows us to put many twists on how we develop our craft and that is what steers me on a daily basis.

4. What’s something that surprises people when they learn about your job?

I would say the complexity at which it brings. Airport engineering is a very diverse discipline that uses all forms of engineering.

5. What is the future of (airport design)? What one thing is the thing to watch?

Designing in a virtual reality environment.

6. What is your favorite comfort food?

Brewery food trucks!

*Registered Professional Engineer in MN

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