Professional Journey: Steve Oplatek

I have always been intrigued by how things worked.

My father would take us to museums every chance we could get, and my favorite was, and still remains, the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. So, from a really young age, I wanted to be an engineer of some kind — I just didn’t know what kind.

I had always had a natural talent for math and science, and my dad always encouraged me to push myself and learn new things.

He always told me: “Once you learn something, it’s yours — no one can take it away from you.”


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