This post is the completion of our 2016 National Engineers Week series.  To read Part 3: Angie Huber’s “From Shy Girl to Engineering Firm Executive,” please click here.


Craig Watts BW_WebPassion:  not really the first term you think of when you think Engineer.  The stereotypical engineer is an introvert who hides away in a cubicle, churning through plan after plan, avoiding daylight.  However, I believe this is an incredibly inaccurate representation of the general engineer population.  Instead, at MKK, our engineers are dedicated to advancing the profession and developing high performance solutions for our clients.  But what’s at the heart of each of these engineers?


Let’s revisit this concept.


The world is full of wonderfully passionate, creative, innovative people.  Look at all of the wonderful things that we have thought up in the last couple of millennia.


  • Iconic Churches
  • Bridges connecting large land masses
  • Highways, trains and bridges allowing people and goods to connect
  • Beautiful monuments like the Eiffel Tower, The Great Pyramids of Egypt, Statue of Liberty, etc.




In the last century, innovations have propelled people to explore the world, and beyond.


  • Airplanes
  • Cruise Ships
  • Rockets that fly to the moon (and back)
  • Drones
  • Submarines
  • Telescopes that see back to the beginning of the Universe




Now let’s bring it down to everyday things.


  • Cars
  • Phones
  • Refrigerators
  • Computers
  • Internet
  • And lastly, Electricity




Some of the greatest, most famous people in history.

  • Archimedes
  • Sir Francis Bacon
  • Nicolas Tesla
  • Thomas Edison
  • Ben Franklin
  • Steve Wozniak


All of them were, Engineers. Countless people that shaped our past, present and future


The point is that we can think of wonderful, crazy things, that it takes an engineer to make it happen.  And at the heart of any engineer is passion.


  • Passion to turn imagination into reality
  • Passion to problem solve
  • Passion to make our world a beautiful, habitable and safe place to work, live and play in.


The next time you text, shower, cook, drive or just turn off the lights at night, remember the engineer behind these great innovations.

About Craig:  Craig Watts, PE, LEED AP, joined MKK in 1992 and became a Principal in 2004.  Craig currently is the Director of Corporate Market Development and leads the firm’s business development and expansion efforts.  His broad background includes knowledge in mechanical design, management, and construction of building systems.  Craig consults on unique resolutions for clients seeking sustainable and innovative design solutions.