Sarah Rector
Portland

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

Project manager. I help facilitate projects through the Engineered Solutions group and work with other departments to help ensure projects run smoothly from start to finish.

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

I have been with Olympus Controls since January 2020. My background is mechanical engineering, but I also have experience in technical writing and project management. I worked at NWUAV in McMinnville prior to coming to Olympus Controls.

What do you like best about working at Olympus?

The technology is really interesting, and the work is dynamic and keeps me on my toes! I love working with complex systems.

Describe a little of your past history.

I was born in Alaska and raised in Flagstaff, Arizona. I have a BS in mechanical engineering and have worked in the automotive, space hardware, oil and gas, nuclear, and UAV industries.

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

Farming is a big part of my life. My family and I own and operate a small, diverse farm outside Yamhill, Oregon where we grow fruit and vegetables and raise chickens, sheep, cows, and pigs.

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

My husband and I took a break from engineering and traveled and volunteered on farms for several months when my oldest son was one year old. We worked on farms in California, Oregon, Texas, and Ireland before setting our sights on owning our own farm.