FROM THE EDITOR
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 the 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 as a career path, we offer two
articles about the benefits of engineering internships and
how to find a job in the industry. This month we present
our story on engineering internships as a web-exclusive at
akbizmag.com. Advice on how to find work in the industry
can be found on page twenty-four of this issue.
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
PFD 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 filled with 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
VOLUME 34, NUMBER 2
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