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Graduated in 2008 with a major in Music Production & Engineering. Principal Instrument: guitar.
Position: Mechanical Engineer at Function Engineering, Inc.
Overview: Owen finished his Berklee education by doing Berklee’s LA Internship program, which he recommends highly. That led to four years working in various studios, as an assistant engineer, lead engineer, and assistant tech repairing equipment. Owen liked the tech end, and didn’t like the late-and-erratic hours, so he decided to switch careers. He got his Masters in Engineering from Boston University, though it’s LEAP program, which is designed for folks with non-engineering undergrad degrees. Through his coursework, Owen discovered that he really liked product design, and he finished his degree in 2014. It was a long job search, but ultimately he moved to San Francisco, built a website that showcases his portfolio, and directly reached out to product design companies in that area, which landed him a 3-month paid internship at Function Engineering. Owen was offered his current job at the end of the internship.
You can see Owen’s LinkedIn profile here.
Choice Quotes: “”I loved doing MP&E becuase I’m very creative, but also very technical. Being able to combine the two is my dream job, regardless of what it is. Today I’m virtually doing the same thing–the technical side of being creative.”
“It was intimidating at first to have my music background when everyone else at Function Engineering went to Stanford or MIT, but then I realized that everyone thinks my background is really cool and they were intimidated by me!”
“”You’re not going to know if you like something until you try it.” Getting a feel for whether something is good and you could do it for the rest of your life.”