BR&S Spotlight: Meet Andrew Jones

Meet Andrew Jones!andrew

Andrew works at Tesla in the finance department at their SLC headquarters, and he manages a popular Flipboard magazine about Materials Science. He was an editor at Black Rock & Sage for two years while being a student at ISU, and, in the words of Andrew, “loved every minute of it!”

This month we had the opportunity to ask Andrew about his favorite places, books, and literary magazines—as well as really important subjects, like the beauty of urban Pokemon Go hikes and how being a stay-at-home dog dad would be a dream job. Andrew also offers some great advice for aspiring artists and literary magazine editors.

What three traits define you? Addicted to learning, frugal, loyal.

What’s one thing you couldn’t live without? Audible, but also my wife.

What is your greatest fear? My teeth falling out randomly.

Where is your favorite place to be? Vegas with my wife.

What is your favorite thing to do? Snowboard/Paddleboard.

What would be your ideal career? Stay-at-home dog dad, who is also paid to write science articles.

What is your favorite book, movie, and band? Current favorite book series, The Expanse by James S.A. Corey; current movie, The Accountant; current music, my Pandora is usually keyed to early 2000’s hip hop (Mike Jones, Nelly, Ying Yang Twins).

What is something that might surprise us about you? I got certified in Carbon Fiber manufacturing after I graduated. I wanted to do something with my hands.

What is your favorite quote? My brain doesn’t work like that, but I bet it could be found somewhere in “The Lies of Locke Lamora” by Scott Lynch. The Audible version has some fantastic performances in it.

f you could have a dinner party with ANY three people (dead or alive), who would they be and why? David Berry (Scientist), Head of DARPA, and probably Patrick Rothfuss (Author).

If you had to eat one meal every day for the rest of your life, what would it be? The Double Double with Bacon from Lucky 13 here in SLC.

If Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see cast as you? The Raphael Ninja Turtle suit from The Secret of the Ooze movie.

If you were an animal what would you be? My Frenchie, Karl.

 If you were stuck on an island, what three things would you bring? If I could bring living things, my wonderful wife, Karl, and some sort of drone ordering service to keep the island livable.

If you could have a superpower, what would it be? Super jumping with the ability to land, because flying is just too much.

What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work? I am very involved with the local Materials Science scene in SLC. I am mainly focused in composites that are associated with the space industry. I also workout every day and do the occasional urban Pokemon Go hike.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? My wife is in the Army, serving as a dentist, so wherever they tell me to go, I will be there. Hopefully I will also have a sweet job as well. I am already working within my third major industry so I am pretty flexible.

Do you have any favorite literary magazines/publications that you’d like to give a shout out to? Nothing specific, but I highly recommend any graduates to continue to devour anything that gets your creative juices going.

Do you have any advice for aspiring artists and literary magazine editors? Get a minor! The real world needs more artists and editors but it doesn’t always pay a livable wage right out of college. I highly recommend getting a minor in something that marks another achievement or hireable skill on your resume instead of taking that bowling elective for the 3rd time.


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