Northern Nevada Business Weekly: Introduce us to K2 Engineering.
Jared Krupa: K2 Engineering employs eight people and is a limited liability corporation established by my partner, Brandt Kennedy, and me back in 2005. We specialize in providing our clients with structural engineering, civil/site engineering, and CAD drafting for both residential and commercial projects.We say K2 Engineering is the fast track to building permits.
NNBW: What role do you play in the company?
Krupa: I am responsible for customer service, quality control, and project management.
NNBW: What kind of boss are you?
Krupa: I'm pretty relaxed. I work hard so I can play hard. I expect the same from those I work with.
NNBW: How did you get into this profession?
Krupa: I'm a problem solver and I love construction. Engineering just seemed to fit.
NNBW: What do you enjoy about it?
Krupa: I enjoy the finished product. Buildings are the ultimate monument to a job well done.
NNBW: What do you find annoying about it?
Krupa: Sometimes the bureaucracy of obtaining permits becomes a little frustrating. But in the end, it's really not that bad.
NNBW: What are some of the challenges that face your profession in the next few years?
Krupa: New codes are always fun and staying up to date with all the latest technology in construction keeps my career life interesting.
NNBW: What effect has the changing economic environment had on your company?
Krupa: The new economy just means we've had to adapt a little to better accommodate our client's changing needs. New construction with residential homes and commercial buildings used to be the norm a couple of years ago. Now we are seeing more decks, additions, remodels, and improvements to existing buildings.
NNBW: If you could have had any other profession what would it have been? Why wasn't it your first choice?
Krupa: I probably would have been a college professor because I love teaching motivated minds. It wasn't my first choice because I chose engineering early on and never looked back.
NNBW: How do you spend your time away from the office? Why are these activities important to you?
Krupa: I love to spend time with my family and I'm an avid outdoorsman. When I'm not working, you'll find me camping/skiing at the lake, riding my dirt bike in the desert, or traveling with my wife to remote beach destinations.
NNBW: If you could have a mulligan on your career, what would you do differently the next time around?
Krupa: I would take more time off.
NNBW: What's the best advice anyone ever gave you?
Krupa: "Never give up!"
NNBW: What is the one thing you most want people to remember about you?
Krupa: How much I love my kids.
NNBW: Any final thoughts?
Krupa: Yes. "Let him who would enjoy a good future waste none of his present." Roger Babson
Name: Jared A. Krupa, PE, M.ASCE
Professional position: K2 Engineering and Structural Design, civil engineer
How long have you been in this job?
How long in the profession? 10 years
Education: Bachelor of science in civil engineering, University of Nevada, Reno
Best book you've read?
It changes every time Michael Crichton releases a new book
What's on your iPod?
Hard rock, Top 40, and house
The best movie ever?
"Braveheart": "Every man dies, not every man really lives."
Who were your childhood heroes?
Huge fan of He-Man, Voltron, & Ninja Turtles. Later, it was Neil Peart, Christian Okoye, Jeremy McGrath and King David (the Goliath slayer).