"My mechanical watch. As a mechanical engineer I find the inner workings of a mechanical watch especially intriguing and I appreciate having a complex series of gears and springs working together to accurately measure the time. It is a useful and reliable tool that I rarely leave home without."

JD Gardner

Mechanical Engineering


What is your most visited / favorite website?

YouTube, for both entertainment and educational purposes.

Between being invisible or being able to fly, which would you choose and why?

Depends on how fast I could fly.

What is your favorite quote?

Do one thing today that makes your tomorrow better than your yesterday. – Matt Carriker

What was the last picture you took with your phone?

A picture of Greer’s Ferry lake while on the water.

What was the last thing you binge watched?

Band of Brothers.

What was your first job?

A lifeguard at a local pool.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

I remember wanting to be a fighter pilot growing up, I blame Maverick and Goose.

What was the first concert you went to see?

Willie Nelson and BB King when I was 13. Lots of funny smells that I did not recognize at the time.

The activity I've never done but want to is…

Take a hiking/fishing trip in Alaska.

What is your favorite local place to take visiting friends or relatives?

Flying Fish, Lost Forty, Samantha’s tap room. Downtown Little Rock has many options for good food and a fun atmosphere.