Spencer Gilk

Spencer Gilk

Department: Civil

Position: Staff Engineer

Location: Sioux Falls, SD

What could you give a 40-minute presentation on with absolutely no preparation? What went wrong and what I learned during my two years leading the SDSU Concrete Canoe Team and how to improve.
What hobby would you get into if time and money weren't an issue? Tinkering with engines. I've always wanted to learn but never had the money or mentor to get myself going.
What is something you think everyone should do at least once in their lives? I think that everyone should try to visit the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. The lakes, rivers, and forests are untouched by civilization and it is wonderful place to relax, fish, and camp.
Who inspires you to be better? There is a couple that attended the same church as my family growing up and they largely became mentors to me. I wish to achieve their thoughtfulness, selflessness, and kindness in my own life.
What bit of trivia do you know that is very interesting but also very useless? There are four state capitals that do not have a leg of the Interstate Highway System connected to them: Juneau, Alaska; Dover, Delaware; Jefferson City, Missouri; and our very own Pierre, South Dakota. Despite being on an island, Honolulu, Hawaii has an interstate highway that runs through the city.