Letter From the Editor
By Kathryn Mackenzie
It’s hard to believe we’re already in the second month of 2018. It seems as if we were just featuring the best places in Alaska to purchase holiday gift baskets. But we’re not looking back because we’re far too excited about the news and information in this spectacular issue. We are fortunate to feature the 2017 Engineer of the Year, Joseph Taylor, PE, who shares with us his passion for engineering and reminds us of the many, many ways engineering touches every part of our daily lives, from the roads we drive to gadgets we love, the buildings in which we work, and the houses we call home. Take a second to look around and there’s a very good chance you’ll see yet another feat of engineering that has improved all of our lives in one way or another.
In addition to interviewing with Alaska Business, Taylor also introduces us to a few of this year’s Engineer of the Year nominees, who have taken the time to share a little about their engineering education, work history, and passion for the industry. The five nominees featured in our Engineering Special Section include men and women who turned a love of learning how things work into a career that makes everyday life a whole lot better for all of us—each one was nominated by a highly respected engineering association. We hope their stories inspire students to consider engineering as a career. And for those students who are considering engineering, we offer two articles about the benefits of engineering internships and how to find a job in the industry. The great news: just loving Alaska can give local students a leg-up in the engineering field.
We are also honored to present the International Trade Special Section written by World Trade Center Anchorage Executive Director Greg Wolf and Business Manager Alex Salov. Together Wolf and Salov provide insight and analysis into the reality behind Arctic opportunities, the state of the world’s sovereign wealth funds, trade relations with Asia, tech exporters, and international cargo operations at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. Wolf and Salov are uniquely positioned to give us all an inside look at international trade relations between the United States and Japan, as well as ongoing Arctic developments, how the PDF measures up against other wealth funds, and the unique and vital role of the fourth largest cargo airport in the world. World Trade Center Anchorage is a wealth of information for anyone interested in international trade and business opportunities in Alaska. The nonprofit’s entire mission is to help the business community successfully compete for trade and investment in the global market place and the articles offered in this issue are a wealth of knowledge for businesses looking to do just that.
Thank you again to everyone who contributed to this jam-packed issue. So relax, enjoy the lengthening days, and dig in because this is a not-to-be-missed issue of Alaska Business.
— Kathryn Mackenzie, Managing Editor, Alaska Business