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Hi I'm Curtis

I'm a doctoral student and the spouse of a doctoral student. I'm an engineer. I'm a Penn Stater. I'm a father. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Colorado and loved hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park as a youth. I have always enjoyed the outdoors. I married my wonderful wife in 2009 and we have a beautiful little 5 year old daughter. I am working on a PhD degree at Penn State University in Mechanical engineering. I love studying thermal and fluid sciences and currently do research for gas turbine engines. I believe there are better ways to get the electricity we all enjoy and love, and I hope to spend my career finding better ways to obtain electricity that help preserve and protect this beautiful earth that Heavenly Father created for us. My wife is also a PhD student at Penn State studying English. She is such a blessing to my life, and I am so glad she is furthering her education. I enjoy music and play my trombone when I get a spare moment. In high school I played in the marching band, jazz band, concert band, concert orchestra, and pit orchestra. I love playing music and I feel it a great chance I have to take off my scientific hat and explore my artistic side. I hope to continue playing trombone for many years to come.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents are Mormon, their parents are Mormon, their parents are Mormon....it runs deep in my family. I was born into the church and was baptized when I was 8 years old. I've always been encouraged by my family to continue in the Mormon faith. Nevertheless, I'm not a member of the Church because of my family or because it is acceptable in my social circles. I am a member because I believe that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is God's church. He organized it through modern day prophets just as he did anciently. This church is also one of the few that hold the name of our master in its title: Jesus Christ. He truly is my savior and my king. I know my life would be far less enjoyable and fulfilling if I were to choose to leave my faith. I am most grateful for this church.

How I live my faith

It was hard to be a Mormon in public school. I was one of only a dozen or so members at my elementary, middle, and high schools. It wasn't until 10th grad that I actually had a class with another member. Since the church standards are much higher than those of the general population, I was constantly exposed to or even enticed to participate in activities that involved drinking, drugs, sexual promiscuity, etc. I remember a time when I was asked to go to a movie with a girl I really liked. At the time I didn't realize the movie had content I had committed not to view or participate in. I bailed at the last second thinking it would be the end of my social life. The following week nothing out of the ordinary happened and I realized I could hold my standards high. I felt better for having kept my commitment than I know I would have felt going to the movie. I feel that integrity is the one thing that will keep our society from falling to pieces. If we can't trust one another, then what do we have? I try my hardest to be 100% honest with all those I come in contact with.