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Topher Mendoza - Employee Spotlight!


Topher was recommended to apply at KFW by his dear friend Ashlee Davison, EIT. After hearing about the positive environment, Topher "HAD to apply here." Previously an Engineering Tech, Topher decided to change career paths from engineering to surveying after meeting Rey Vanegas and Teresa Seidel, RPLS, for KFW Surveying.

Before working at KFW, what was the most unusual or interesting job you've ever had?

As a teenager, I was an assistant to a cabinet maker. The job wasn’t interesting itself but his clients were. He did the wine cellar of coach Popovich’s house and I got to spend a few afternoons with Pop’s family. They were suuuuper nice!

What are your hobbies outside of work?

I have a few… cooking, photography, graphic design, electronic music, writing (I’m looking to publish a series of hard sci-fi short stories) … BUT my most recent hobby is silversmithing!

Do you have a favorite quote?

It’s either:

“The beauty of a living thing is not the atoms that go into it, but the way those atoms are put together.” – Carl Sagan


“There’s no use crying over every mistake, just keep on trying until you run out of cake.” – Portal

I can’t decide…

What is your goal while working at KFW?

My immediate goal is to become an Assistant Project Manager for my team.

If you were not in Surveying, what would you be doing?

Realistically, I would probably be a chef or baker… but my passion is microbiology. (Specifically, I’d love to be a virologist and work in bioinformatics or genetic research. [Side note, CRISPR has introduced new age in genetic research and gene therapy. It’s a relatively young technology but it’s opened up a new set of tools for geneticists. We’re living in an exciting new era where history is literally being made daily, and it would be awesome to be a part of that research and end up the history books.]

Position: Survey Tech
Years at KFW: 1 year & 8 months
Favorite part about working at KFW: The culture, the people, the work. (Every day is a new challenge and I love figuring things out and problem-solving.)

Topher's Co workers at KFW said the following:

"During my short tenure, I have noticed how hard Topher works every day and sometimes evenings. Topher is driven, proactive, responsive, dependable, trustworthy, professional, and more. He is truly dedicated to his job."
Topher is skilled and knowledgeable in a variety of subjects. I know when I go to him for guidance, he will always be patient and welcoming.

More about Topher
Outside of work, Topher enjoys baking, cooking and has recently started his new hobby in silversmithing. Take a look!