Q+A with Max Bock-Aronson, Mechanical Design Engineer

Max Bock-Aronson is a globetrotting, Minneapolis native. When he’s not working as a Mechanical Design Engineer at Worrell, he enjoys running, spending time outdoors and tinkering on personal design projects.

What books will we find on your bookshelf?
I just purchased The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop. This is the first poetry anthology by and for the Hip-Hop generation. In terms of design books,
Manufacturing Process for Design Professionals
is one of my favorites. It references virtually every type of manufacturing process and provides additional information about related processes, costs and compatible materials.

If you could redesign anything, what would it be and why?
I’m actually in the process of redesigning a respirator. While travelling in Asia, I noticed the common use of cloth masks to protect against smog; however, cloth masks only provide minimal protection, which can lead to serious health problems. I’m working on a more effective mask that’s both lightweight and comfortable.

What’s the best thing you’ve ever made?
Besides my lentil and sausage soup, I’m very proud of my personal website, which represents more than two years of sweat and tears. I had so many ideas rattling around in my head that I decided to seek solitude in Buenos Aires for six months to focus on the personal projects that would inevitably be featured on the site. I concluded my trip with the completion of my website and a trail race that crossed the Andes from Argentina to Chile; as poetic as it sounds, the race was called El Cruce (The Crossing), and marked an important point of transition in my life.

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