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Staff Profile: Jeff Burnham

Title: Support Engineer, PE, LEED AP

Education: Colorado State University, BS in Environmental Engineering

How long have you worked for Flow Science?

16 months

Jeff Burnham, Flow Science Support Engineer
Jeff Burnham, Flow Science Support Engineer and
overall nice guy.

Why did you choose to come to work for Flow Science?

Flow Science has great pay and benefits, I already lived here in Santa Fe, and I had been modeling hydraulic problems long enough already to know that I enjoy fluid mechanics modeling and problem solving.

Why do you like working at Flow Science?

My coworkers are all extremely bright, and it’s a very people-oriented environment here. The work is challenging.

What is the most interesting project you are working on right now?

I think that answer is protected by a Non-Disclosure Agreement. I specialize in hydraulics, so most of my problems are in the Civil and Environmental fields of engineering. Modeling scour effects around piers and abutments is a very challenging and interesting problem right now.

What is the strangest request/problem you’ve addressed in your role as a support engineer?

They're all strange, really. My family sometimes overhears phone conversations about CFD, and they agree that it's gobbledygook.

What is one of your most important accomplishments?

There are two. One is finishing college while raising my daughter. I'm not going to share the other.

You’re a single dad of a young daughter. What particular challenges have you faced and what’s the best part about fatherhood?

There are plenty of challenges and plenty of rewards. Challenges include puke on the walls at 3 AM and juggling work and family, rewards include the smug satisfaction of being the cause of your child’s neuroses. I suppose there must be better rewards than that.

You have a penchant for children’s literature. What is your all-time favorite children’s book and tell us about a few of your runner-ups.

You weren’t supposed to tell everyone that I read kid’s books. Geez. If I had to pick a few off the top of my head: The Higher Power of Lucky is one of the better recent kid’s books without pictures. For a good picture book for little kids, I’d suggest The Tale I Told Sasha. Anything by Roald Dahl is good, too.

How would you describe yourself?

More to the point, the question is "Why would I?"  If I were an ebay ad, maybe it would read:

You are bidding on the fully functioning support engineer "Jeff." 32 years old. Specialties include parenting and fish passage design. "Jeff" has been extensively reconditioned. He still needs a new wardrobe, but is otherwise in good shape. Some minor scarring and baldness. What you see in the photo is what you get. Seller is not responsible for congenital health issues. Jeff is yours for the having, so bid with confidence!


What helps you get out of bed each morning?

A sense of humor. And my child usually wants to eat breakfast.

Who has the best New Mexican food in Santa Fe?

I’m a fan of the breaded, deep-fried chile relleno that comes wrapped with cheese in an omelet at the Flying Tortilla. I don’t want to eat it, but I’m a fan.

Red or Green?

Yellow. Either proceed with caution or go for broke before the opportunity closes, nothing in between.

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