Engineer Spotlight: Brian Bell
Favorite ivision Client Engagement Value: I engineer thoughtful solutions that promote long-term partnerships.
What inspired you to become an Engineer?
When I was 12, my grandfather took me out of school and brought me to get my first computer. At the time, I didn’t know what it was called but I knew that I wanted to do something that involved computers. I spent hours on that little HP Compaq surfing on my dial up connection, building a simple website with HTML and figuring out what it could do.
In college, I was a Computer Science major and started working in the IT department my freshman year. I quickly learned that Computer Science and IT are NOT the same things (I eventually switched to Math and Education). My real passion was in my work rather than my school. I was one of the only students allowed to touch the network infrastructure, so I started learning about cabling and switching on a blazing-fast 10/100 network. I spent summers working full time in IT and I was hooked. 20 years later here I am, still hooked. I love how technology can be used as tools to make our lives easier and more efficient. Nothing is impossible – the only limits are imagination, time and money.
Brian’s Career Journey
I have spent most of my career as an engineer. In every place I’ve worked I started in a more junior position and worked my way into a management or leadership position. My career started in manufacturing in Rochester, NY where I worked in a print house. It was here where I cut my teeth first as an intern, then was hired on as a full-time junior engineer, and eventually as the IT manager.
What is your favorite part of the job?
I get to be surrounded by people who are way smarter than me. Not only that, but they are willing to share their technical expertise.
What’s a fun fact about yourself that others might find interesting?
I love to cook – especially BBQ.
What do you like to do outside of work?
I have a second job as a CrossFit coach. I actually enjoy the coaching even more than the workout part.