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The Interns Have Arrived!

May 19, 2015
Author: Rebecca Elliott

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It’s that time of year! A new crop of summer interns has brought its talents to Primus Design Services, LLC. Three of the young men are from Southern Polytechnic State University, one is from Clemson University. All four bring enthusiasm and new ideas to the table. We are excited to have them on board! Take a look at their bios below.

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Rob Wells – Architecture

This is Rob’s second summer as an intern for Primus. Last year, he served on our Kroger project, the 1,000,000 SF cold storage distribution center in Forest Park, Georgia. He was responsible for completing detailed drawings, mark ups and scheduling tasks. Rob will be a senior next year at Clemson University where he is studying architecture. His favorite classes are those with studio components where he gains hands-on experience. He recently returned from a semester abroad in Barcelona, Spain. The highlight of his stay was a two-day trip to Interlaken, Switzerland where he snowboarded in the Swiss Alps. Not a bad weekend getaway! In his free time, he enjoys surfing, going to the beach or the lake and working on his car.

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Jose Rodriguez – Architecture

Jose is an architecture student at Southern Poly. Architecture appeals to him because it is never stagnant; design is always evolving and moving forward. “It challenges my creativity. I can’t think of another profession that pushes me more creatively. And it’s just plain fun.” Jose has been trained in Revit and AutoCAD and is learning how to apply BIM in his Professional Practice studies at Southern Poly. Previous work experience includes serving as a student assistant in the architecture department at Southern Poly, and ironically, as a quality assurance professional at WCD INC., the firm that manages food distribution for Trader Joe’s. This experience gave him a glimpse at the type of projects Primus specializes in designing. In his free time, Jose enjoys spending time with his fiancée and their 16-month-old daughter. He also enjoys the outdoors, working out and drawing.

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Robert Lane – Mechanical Engineering

Engineering runs in Robert’s family; his father was an engineer. Robert gave it a try, and soon discovered that engineering suits the way his brain works. He is currently a student at Southern Poly and is studying mechanical engineering. He enjoys the school’s smaller class sizes and one-on-one teacher interactions. So far, his favorite course has been Fluid Mechanics. This is Robert’s first internship, and he enjoys seeing how what he has learned in the classroom compares to what he is learning in the real world. “I feel like my courses are thorough, but there are so many more ways to apply what I’ve learned on an a real-life project. I’m looking forward to taking in as much as I can.” When’s he’s not working or in school, Robert enjoys outdoor activities like fishing, hiking and hunting. He looks forward to going straight to work once he graduates in December.

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Kyle Wilcox – Structural Engineering

Kyle also comes from an engineering family. His father and brother are both mechanical engineers. Kyle nearly followed in their footsteps, but discovered once he got to college that he was inspired by looking at things on a bigger scale. He is currently a civil engineering major at Southern Poly. His favorite class so far has been Strength of Materials. He enjoyed its hands-on labs with materials that he could visualize using in real-world situations. Kyle has gained construction experience as a volunteer through his church for A Future with Hope and Habitat for Humanity. These charities were selected because they offered support to communities that had been struck by natural disasters. Kyle installed sheet rock, foam insulation boards and tar paper shingles as well as assisted in constructing a roof. In his free time, Kyle enjoys playing basketball, throwing the football around, playing his drums and, like every true Southern Poly student, playing video games!