As the Director of the Automated Fabrication & Design Lab (AKA "The Ranch"), Chris finds it to be a great honor working with excellent students, faculty, and staff from the Texas A&M and the surrounding community. He strives to treat every new project with the same level of attention and detail as the next. It doesn’t matter if it’s a simple CNC job, a tiny house project, the boiler to a Civil War gun boat, or a fully engineered decontamination unit, he believes in applying the same level of professionalism to every project. In regards to the future, his plans are to continue to grow the lab as the premier prototype engineering and development lab for TAMU. He hopes that the current expansion will double the assembly space so he can continue to provide students with a technically rich environment, where they can develop and refine their engineering, design, and technical skills while working on real-world projects. Chris's favorite sport is anything with a big engine that exceeds the speed limit (offroad of course). "My spirit animal is a Tiger - at least that’s what the online quiz said that Chioma made me take." -Chris Paulk
“Respect isn’t given, it’s earned; And once lost, it can never be returned.”
Would I ever leave this company? Look, I’m all about loyalty. In fact, I feel like part of what I’m being paid for here is my loyalty. But if there were somewhere else that valued loyalty more highly… I’m going wherever they value loyalty the most.
Armando is a sophomore aerospace engineering student from El Paso, Texas. With a specialty in electronics and wireless communications, he spends most of his free time with the Texas A&M Sounding Rocketry Team developing avionics for hybrid engine rocket flight. One of his defining philosophies includes always being prepared with tools everywhere he goes and being able to work and find solutions with what is available at hand. Armando is interested in working in the aerospace industry after graduation with the over-arching goal of one day becoming an astronaut. His spirit animal would be a racoon, because they are resourceful, scrappy, and can find useful stuff in other people’s garbage bins.
“They used to say that if Man was meant to fly, he’d have wings. But he did fly. He discovered he had to.” – Captain James T. Kirk
"Jake" is a Senior Agricultural Systems Management major from Waller, Texas. He enjoys taking on challenging tasks and having that sense of accomplishment when a project is completed. He hopes to take the skills that he learns here at the ranch and apply them to his future career in the Agricultural industry. Within the next five years, Jake hopes to graduate from Texas A&M and be able to get a stable career, settle down, buy some land, and establish a family. In his spare time, he loves spending time in the outdoors whether it’s out playing sports, hunting, fishing, wakeboarding or riding trails on his ATV. His spirit animal is a Donkey because he has a keen sense of curiosity.
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am you God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” – Isaiah 41:10
Jacob is a senior Mechanical Engineering Student. He has worked on all projects that have been held since he started working at the Ranch. However, his favorite was the Vet decontamination unit. Jacob plans to pursue a career in the aerospace industry and hopes to one-day build rockets. He is a huge Aggie Football fan, and he likes the Rockets because he likes Rockets. In his opinion, the best thing about the Ranch is the great experience and family atmosphere found there as well as Mitchell’s hair.
"Shoot for the Moon if you miss, you will end up in the Stars, or Mars; everyone likes Mars."
Laura is excited to return to work at A&M where she previously received her Bachelor of Environmental Design. She hopes that working at the Ranch will give her a more thorough understanding of the fabrication side of design. Laura enjoys anything involving the outdoors, sports, creativity, hanging out with friends or family. Her future aspirations include establishing her own interior design firm and raising a big, loving family.
Link Wilkes is from Sundown, Texas (near Lubbock) and grew up on a family farm. He is currently going to Blinn College in Bryan, Texas and plans on transferring into the Construction Science program at Texas A&M. His career goal is to become an upper level management employee for any kind of construction or sub contract company. He enjoys being with friends and family, but his favorite type of scene is the outdoors doing activities such as hunting, fishing, and any type of competitive sport. During his free timehe enjoys pick-up games of football and basketball mainly because he's trying not to gain the freshman 15.
This Fall is Luis’s first semester working out at The Ranch, and he’s eager to get his hands dirty and learn the most he can. He’s most excited about working with all the different machines and equipment that The Ranch has to offer. Aside from working here and studying as a full-time engineering student, he spends most of his time with the Texas A&M Sounding Rocketry Team learning from hands on experience the ins and outs of rocket design and manufacturing.
“If you never did you should. These things are fun. And fun is good” – Dr. Seuss
Howdy, my name is Ryan Kraus and I am a sophomore Mechanical engineering major at Texas A&M University. I’ve worked at the Ranch since I began college and have acquired numerous fabrication skills that have been directly applicable to my major. My future aspirations include completing my bachelors of science in mechanical engineering, obtaining either an MBA or a Master’s of Science in Engineering, and eventually working in industry and starting a family. My favorite sport is baseball, but my favorite professional sport team is the San Antonio Spurs. My spirit animal is definitely an Elk because I love being outdoors.
My favorite quote is Matthew 28:19: “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”.
Sunny is a second-year graduate student in Environmental Health. She comes from the central south part of China (Nanchang). She started working at the Ranch in summer 2017. She is excited and curious about the projects and big machines here. Sunny is passionates about minimizing environmental impacts on human and ensuring the health and safety of people. Having lived in China for the first 20 years of her life, Sunny experienced the change of environment in her home town. Her future goals including getting an EHS job and make use of her potential for scientific and technical expertise to help the society. Sunny likes growing vegetables and fruits (but not a green thumb). She used to have two Siamese cats. Sunny's spirit animal is the owl, which the website says it is with wisdom and intuitive knowledge.
"The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today." -H Jackson Brown, Jr.