5 Questions with Derek FItchett ('06)
Product Engineer, Running
Nike (Portland, Oregon)
LeTourneau School of Engineering & Engineering Technology
What brought you to LETU?
I knew I wanted to study Engineering, play baseball and go to a university where I could grow my faith. LETU was on the short list of schools that met those criteria. After visiting campus, reading "Mover of Men and Mountains" and a lot of prayer, I knew that LETU was the right place for me.
How would you describe your LETU Experience?
In a word, holistic. Looking back I realize that God was teaching me that every part of my life was spiritual and worthy to glorify him. My school work, my athletic endeavors and my relationships all needed to point back to my creator and glorify him.
Did any professors have a significant impact?
Too many to count. Dr. Roger Gonzalez taught me the meaning of excellence. Corey Ross for helping me understand who I was as a child of God and that the entirety of my life should be a reflection of the most Holy God. Dr. Paul Leiffer for being a wonderful advisor, both academically and in life. I am especially grateful for the guys on 1A and the baseball team who encouraged and sharpened me as well.
How has LETU prepared you for your career?
First and foremost is to work for the LORD not for men (Col. 3:23 and Eph 6:7), in that you will find joy. Second, learning never stops. Continue to develop the skills you have, acknowledge and address areas where you need improvement. Lastly, people matter immensely, do your best to treat those around you with the kindness and compassion that Jesus showed.
What advice would you give to LETU students?
Live at the intersection: what you are gifted at, what you enjoy and what you do well. Take classes and build skills because they build you up and challenge you, not to get good grades. You never know how God will use you and the skills you gain at LETU. Then be prepared and open to go where God opens doors.
"Learning never stops. Continue to develop the skills you have, acknowledge and address areas where you need improvement."