Ian Renner of Florida - The Right Decision
Ian Renner of Florida says that when he was younger and trying to decide on a career, the only thing that he knew for sure was that he didn't want to have a job that felt like actual work. So after giving it a lot of thought, and honestly assessing his skills and interests, he enrolled at the University of Florida and began to study engineering.
"And as it turned out, the work came to me rather easily," he recalls. "And when I realized that, I knew that I had made the right decision. And the funny thing is that as I get further into the program, the work kept getting easier – not because engineering is easy, because it isn't. But because I was so engrossed by it that it just absorbed me, and it never really felt like work. It wasn't so much a matter of applying myself, as it was like when you pick up a really interesting book and start reading it, and don't want to put it down."
Ian Renner of Florida earned a Bachelor's degree in engineering and went on to the graduate program at Florida, where he received his Ph.D. in 1990. He spent nearly ten years working as a civil engineer, during which time he designed several bridges and roads, and worked on a team that was designing a new airport in Iowa.
A high point for Ian Renner of Florida was his involvement in an NGO called No Frontiers, which wanted to bring a series of civil engineering projects to developing countries. He designed and personally built a solar energy project in a small village in Honduras, bringing it a clean and reliable energy source for the first time ever.
Ian Renner of Florida switched careers in 2001, and today is a successful real estate investor in Orlando, Florida.