U.S. CAD AEC Expert – Andrell Laniewicz
Interview with Andrell Laniewicz, Senior Technical Specialist
How long have you been with U.S CAD and what is your role?
I am about to enter my third year here! I am currently a Senior Technical Specialist – meaning I help clients related to software areas I am skilled in.
Do you own pets? If so, tell us about them.
I live in a 4-bedroom house that has five cats. The most exciting story for me is the adoption of the youngest cat, Raptor. He came from a litter of kittens we were fostering, and he was quite shy. We noticed one of our other cats was always with Raptor, helping him not be scared, sharing his food with him, bathing him, and more. We agreed we could not separate them, and that is how four became five – and I had to stop fostering kittens!
What is working at U.S. CAD like?
It’s amazing for me. I have access to a broad knowledge network, co-workers who are happy to help me gain new skills, and I have a pulse on the AEC industry at large. I feel valued.
Who is your favorite superhero?
My favorite superhero is Storm from the Marvel series. She went from experiencing many struggles in her early life to being treated like a living Goddess – all for her to step back and become part of a team when she realized she was losing her humanity. That takes an amazing amount of self-awareness, empathy, and will. She has one of the strongest willpowers in the universe with a moral compass that will bend but never break.
What is the most rewarding part of your position at U.S. CAD?
The most rewarding part of my job is the ability to pursue new ideas. This has led to everything from new expertise to supporting material for our clients being developed. These items have led to happier clients – and solving problems for them is the icing on that cake.
What is your favorite dessert?
My favorite dessert is tricky. I love flavored Crème Brule a lot. But I love Churros more – which can be a breakfast food in Spain.
What is the culture like at U.S. CAD?
The culture is very much a melding of team spirit and get it done self- motivation. When you are overwhelmed or need help – even just a second pair of eyes – someone will be there. However, it is up to you to identify the problems to work on. It is perfect for me.
What keeps you motivated?
What keeps me motivated is leaving an impact on the world. No one lives forever. I want my time here to be of benefit to others. Whether it is helping them have an easier time at work, helping those less fortunate, or lightening someone’s burden through laughter, it is all the same to me: making a positive impact on the world. Everyone experiences the world differently.