Office Employee of the Month – February 2018

Office Employee of the Month – February 2018
Feb 15, 2018

Jacob Blackburn

One of the core principals of Western Window Systems is innovation, so it stands to reason that those who stretch the limits of their imagination help make the company push its own boundaries of possibility.

Mechanical engineer Jacob Blackburn is one of those employees who strive to invent, innovate, and reimagine the company’s products.

“Jacob has done a great job finding innovative ways to improve his designs’ thermal performance,” says design engineering manager Richard Mazur. “When working with conflicting requirements such as thermal and structural performance, this can make a big difference in the sort of value we can provide to our customers.”

Jacob, who started with the company in March 2016, partners with people across a variety of disciplines, be they CAD, supply chain, IT, and manufacturing, and he does it seamlessly.

“Jacob gets along very well with all his peers and his superiors,” says Mazur. “Most of us feel like we’re working with a friend when working with Jacob. And though he knows how to joke around, he knows when to get serious.”

And among his many strong suits, one of his strongest is his ability to take both credit and blame in equal measure.

“He’s constantly improving himself, and he owns his errors completely and takes constructive criticism very well,” Mazur says. “This is not easy for most people.”

For Jacob, it’s all part of a job well done.

Congratulations to Jacob Blackburn, Western Window Systems’ office employee of the month for February.

Learn more about Jacob Blackburn by reading his Q&A:

Where are you from?

What song best sums you up?
“A Moment of Silence” by Streetlight Manifesto.

What is your favorite sport to watch or play?
I don’t really watch sports.

What are your hobbies?
Computer building, movies, video games, camping, food.

Who do you look up to or admire?
My dad.

Where do you most want to travel but have never been?

If money were no object, what would you do all day?
Travel. I would love to see the world if I could.

What is your favorite family recipe?
French toast.

What’s your favorite movie?
The Goonies.

What is your biggest success up until now?
Graduating from NAU.

What’s your favorite part of working at Western Window Systems?
That everyone is enjoying their work. A positive work culture is the best.

What is one fun fact about you that almost no one knows?
I played tuba for seven years.