Wayne Gaw, PE LEED AP BD+C
Principal and Director of Mechanical Engineering

I was born and raised in a small town called Killiney (or in Irish, Cill Iníon Léinín, meaning “Church of the Daughters’ of Leinin”) on the south coast of County Dublin, Ireland. I attended an international high school, St. Andrew’s College, with students from around the world and gained an appreciation for their countries and culture. After applying for architecture school, I decided engineering was my calling and started as a structural engineer but went on to get a degree in Building Services Engineering from Trinity College Dublin. Growing up my passion was playing sports (rugby, soccer, golf, windsurfing, and motorbike trials) and travelling the world. Being Irish, must travel; and as with many before me, in 1994 I emigrated from Ireland to the United States. Arriving in San Francisco with a backpack and $800 in my pocket, I lived in a hostel on Ellis Street in the Tenderloin and worked as a waiter on Fisherman’s Wharf until I landed my first job as a mechanical engineer at Flack + Kurtz. Twenty two years later, I am living the dream in California with my wife and two daughters and as an owner of an engineering firm.

Did you know?

Three things you may not know about me: I own a 1992 Harley Davidson FXRT; I wanted to be the first Irish James Bond; I host an annual fundraiser called Run in the Dark to raise money to fast-track a cure for paralysis.

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“The possibilities and problems to be solved out there are endless. How lucky are we as engineers to get to explore the possibilities and create solutions? That’s what gets me out of the bed in the morning!”

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