Genuine epiphanies are few and far between—most people are lucky to have one in their life. But in the past few years alone, CTA electrical engineer Puru Shah has sped through a number of sharp turns and newfound passions, all of which piece together a motley and exciting life.
After graduating from Trinity University and a two-year stint at an MEP firm—both in San Antonio, TX—Puru realized he was ready to shift away from the city’s particular brand of buttoned-up professionalism. Educated and experienced as an electrical engineer, he took to the internet to find a fresh and promising place to put his skills to use. After a few phone calls, he found himself on a flight to Billings, MT, for an interview with CTA. As he walked off the plane, Puru had the first of many epiphanies: Montana is much, much colder than Texas. Despite a great interview and an offer from the firm, Puru couldn’t forgive the numbness of his nose, so he politely declined the opportunity and returned to Texas. Fortunately, though, the people at Billings referred him to the Austin office. Charmed by the city’s laxer atmosphere and younger crowd, Puru traveled the 80 miles from San Antonio for an interview.