George Bailey
San Diego

What is your job title, and what does that position entail?

I am the applications engineer for Southern California. My job includes supporting all of our products, training our customers, and creating proof of concepts so our customers can visualize their solutions before they commit to them. Generally, I facilitate some of the technical work for our sales engineers.

How long have you worked at Olympus, where did you come from? A little history of how you got involved with Olympus?

I began working for Olympus Controls in June of 2017 as my first job out of college. I interviewed with an on-campus recruiter who felt I could be a good fit and introduced me to the team. My follow-up interview took place over a few days at the 2016 Olympus Games/Christmas party, which was a great introduction to our elaborate projects and our company culture.

What do you like best about working at Olympus?

I’ve really enjoyed the wide variety of applications and industries that we work in. Companies in all kinds of fields can benefit from automation which gives me exposure to cutting edge projects and the opportunity to learn about some of the advancements we can expect to see in the future. I’ve also really enjoyed the company culture that we have. Everyone is extremely approachable and we always have a great time when everyone gets together.

Describe a little of your past history.

I grew up in San Diego before going to school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where I earned my B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. Although I loved the Midwest and had expected to stick around for a while, I jumped on the opportunity to be a part of our newest office in my hometown.

Describe some of your hobbies – what do you like to do outside of work?

I enjoy doing anything active. My favorite activities are mountain biking, hiking, camping, and playing beach games like spikeball and horseshoes. I also enjoy card/board games and doing ceramics.

What are some key lessons you have taken from your career thus far?

It’s always better to express that you are uncertain instead of guessing and possibly providing misinformation

What is one thing your customers might find surprising about you?

I spent a semester abroad studying engineering in Budapest, Hungary.