Employee Spotlight: Peggy Glass, Ph.D
What drew you to APAI originally? And how has it changed in 30 years?
I had worked with Alan Plummer in several capacities previously, and I admired his integrity and commitment to quality—and what a genuinely nice person he was. I anticipated that the company would reflect those values, which it did. I do not think that has changed in 30 years.
What was your favorite project to work on while at APAI?
I really don’t have a favorite. I look forward to coming to work every day to see what interesting things the day will bring. The major reason I am still here at an age when many of my contemporaries have retired is because I find the work meaningful and challenging, and I really enjoy being around the people I work with.
Before working at APAI, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
A major source of the funding for my undergraduate degree was my job as a carhop in San Antonio (Shades of American Graffiti!) That was in the days when the high schoolers and hotrodders spent a fair amount of time cruising around the drive-in looking for their friends (or girls?) and, no, we did not wear roller-skates!
What would you do (for a career) if you weren’t doing this?
I can’t imagine what I would be doing if not this. Whatever it might be, it would not be as fulfilling. And, it was not a career field I was looking for or even aware of in 1968 when I was finishing up my doctorate degree. However, it must have been meant to be. After I had my undergraduate degree and before I got my graduate degree, on a lark I went to see Madame Hipple, a fortuneteller of some renown here in Austin in the 50’s and 60’s. She said I would spend a substantial portion of my life surrounded by water—which seemed unlikely since I had no intention of moving to any island. However, it appears she was correct.