by Terry Rogers
Mark Nauman, who graduated from Milford High School in 2002 and from the University of Delaware in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, was recently honored as one of Delaware Business Times’ “40 Under 40.” Each year, Delaware Business Times selects a group of the region’s best and brightest young professionals who are under the age of 40, recognizing them for their innovation, intelligence and commitment to the community. All of those selected are involved in their communities as they continue to grow and demonstrate their initiative. Nauman currently works at Pilottown Engineering, a structural engineering consulting firm he co-founded in 2019.
“Growing up, I was constantly inspired by my parents who showed me that with education and hard work, you could achieve anything you desire,” Nauman said. “My mom was a teacher at Milford Middle School and my dad had a landscaping and irrigation business. I worked on my dad’s landscaping crew as soon as I was old enough to hold a shovel and worked as a cashier at Royal Farms during high school.”
As a consulting engineer, Nauman spends his days finding creative and efficient solutions to problems. He works with architects and contractors to determine how to make functional and practical buildings that people can enjoy.
“I am constantly learning from people I work with, drawing from their experience, expertise and perspective to influence my approach and though process,’ Nauman said. “My favorite projects are buildings and structures that benefit the local community. I have been fortunate to work on jobs such as H.O.B. Elementary School, where my daughter currently attends, and Milford Bayhealth Hospital, which is down the street from where I grew up. Seeing the impact and value buildings like these can have to our community is constantly gratifying and rewarding.”
Nauman advocates for anyone who is interested in math, science and problem solving to pursue an engineering education and pursue that industry as a career path. He stated that it is a diverse field that is in constant need of new people.
“Even if engineering isn’t a desirable field to work in, math and science are more important than ever in our world and everyone should strive to learn as much as they can,” Nauman said. “The importance of education and hard work that I learned at a young age are still the most important values that I carry today. No matter what path you go down, education and hard work will take you wherever you choose to go.”