I first snowboarded on sledding hills on an edgeless, plastic snowboard and fell in love with it. So, I attended Michigan Technological University & graduated B.S.M.E. with an Enterprise concentration in Board Sport Technologies!
In between mechanical engineering classes, I designed and pressed snowboards with the Enterprise. We had ample testing grounds since M.T.U. has their own terrain park at Mont Ripley and is 1 hour from Mount Bohemia, the best powder boarding in the Midwest. We were overly curious to continuously improve the composite snowboard layup to increase strength-to-weight ratios, provide more edge grip, or float the rider easier in powder. My favorite part was the continuous feedback loop of designing a board, riding it myself, and feeling the differences in the product. I still consider myself a snowboard scientist and my goal is to maximize the rider's enjoyment every day that they're on the mountain!