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Voices of HED - Brian Fiander
In recognition of the amazing people that make our firm exceptional, we asked our team some questions about their role and what inspires them and their work.

Today, we're recognizing Brian Fiander, PE, LEED AP BD+C, an Electrical Engineer in our Detroit office.

What was the most recent project you completed with HED? What did you learn on that project?
"The University of Michigan Flint Murchie Science Building Expansion. I learned a lot about balancing the needs and requirements of different parties in order to find solutions to the challenges of the project."

What’s your favorite part of your job? What attracted you to this role?
"My favorite part of my job is learning about new systems and technology and applying them on projects. I was attracted to this role because I enjoy getting to constantly work on different types of buildings, which makes each project unique and challenging."

What do you wish people outside the industry understood about your job?
"Being an electrical engineer is more than just designing cars, cell phones, and electronics. It is also about looking out for safety and well-being of others by designing electrical systems in building that enable people to go about their daily lives."

What do you love about your job?
"What I love about this job is the variety of projects that we work on and the level of talent of our staff that I get to work with every day. We have great mentors here that have really allowed me to grow as an engineer."

What assignment or project are you most proud of? Why?
"The Wayne State University IBio building: this project was a strong collaboration between disciplines and the client. We also pushed the envelope on our design to maximize our energy efficiency. This project is certified LEED Gold."

If you could give yourself 1 piece of advice on your first day at HED, what would it be?
"I was given this piece of advice early on as an intern, I followed it and I found that it was a huge help. I would tell a young engineer to take the Fundamentals of Engineering exam as soon as they can. It is a prerequisite to take the Professional Engineering exam, and it is much easier to take when you a finishing up University than to do it years later."