Technical Art-istry – What We Can Learn From One of CPL’s Jack of All Trades

If you’ve ever visited CPL’s Newburgh office, you may have had the good fortune of meeting Art Smith. And if you haven’t, then you should – he might teach you a thing or two!

As a Senior Mechanical Engineer specializing in K-12 design, Art prepares HVAC and plumbing system plans for schools across the country, improving environments for students and teachers alike. But his realm of expertise extends beyond mechanical engineering.

While he was in college, Art often helped his grandfather complete construction projects for close friends and family, developing a thorough understanding of construction practices in the process. He also switched majors several times, studying drafting and design, electronic engineering and architecture before falling in love with mechanical engineering, which “fulfilled his need to be challenged.”

Now, Art applies his vast knowledge to a diverse array of personal and professional endeavors. When he isn’t practicing with his volleyball and softball league teams, you can find him renovating his 19th century home (built in 1890), working on DIY projects, providing assistance to our IT superheroes and collaborating with teammates across offices, disciplines and practice areas to bring technical visions to life.

His favorite thing about working at CPL?

“I’m encouraged to try new things. I can help everyone, work on a little bit of everything and pick up new skills along the way,” Art said. “The sky is the limit.”

Jenny Hasbun works with the marketing team as an Internal Communications Specialist in the CPL Poughkeepsie office. She is primarily responsible for working with leadership, business partners and internal teams to write and edit content that establishes organizational messages and keeps team members informed of big-picture developments. She applies her exceptional writing skills toward developing and tactfully implementing communications strategies that inform, inspire and engage people across the organization and beyond.

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