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50th Anniversary Spotlight on David Flechler

Published: November 3, 2019

The passion and experience of the HDI Program staff will take us forward, as leaders, for another 50 years.

David Flechler, Technical Support

How did you come to know HDI?
I started as a STEPS temporary employee in the Summer of 1998.

How long have you been at HDI and what is your role?
I will celebrate 21 years with HDI on January 4, 2020.

During your time at HDI, of which accomplishments are you most proud?
I am proud of all the success of projects that I have supported over the years. I believe the most beneficial work for HDI would be the Coldstream Office expansion and new fiber optic network.

Looking back, can you please share with us a fun or fond moment you had at HDI?
One moment that caught me, was when I had my photo taken while riding bike with my 4 year old son in a tag-along trailer. We were checking campus buildings for accessibility for a project that was mapping the accessible paths of campus.  I believe this was the first time that this had been done. It was published in the HDI newsletter and the campus newspaper, The Kernel. The look on my son’s face when he saw the picture was priceless. He is now 24 years old.

Do you have any advice you would like to share with current and future staff and students at HDI?
Keep an open mind, teamwork is never an option, it’s necessary. Also, remember how you got where you are.

What does HDI mean to you?
HDI has something special that everyone should learn.