Systems Analyst at American Metal Bearing Company
Mechanical Engineering major 2015
Perris Anawati grew up in Oahu, Hawaii — and in his dad’s machine shop. He frequently received support from his parents when he worked on his own projects. And he sought out real-world experience early on. “I never worked a job that I didn’t think would help me develop a skillset or benefit me in some way,” he says.
At SPU, Anawati developed a relationship with each of his engineering professors, but he was especially drawn to Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering Adam Arabian, who frequently told his classes, “Stop thinking like students and start thinking like engineers.”
“He always gave you a real world case, and I saw the value in that,” Anawati explains.
Now, Anawati is a systems analyst at American Metal Bearing Company in California and founder of his own engineering firm — Machine Haus, which designs and builds custom components for Porsches. Machine Haus is Anawati’s “baby,” an embodiment of his vision for making ideas come to life. He paved his way with out-of-pocket startup costs, tons of research, and minimal sleep. He walked into the CFO’s office at AMB, asked a lot of questions, and was encouraged by his boss to make his dream for a company into a reality.
So he did.
At first Anawati was putting in long hours once he got home from his 9-to-5 job, but now that he is past the design phase and into manufacturing, there are fewer late nights.
Anawati has been taking business-related classes and eventually wants to pursue an MBA. Though the expenses of Machine Haus have been a challenge, Anawati believes that creating a business is possible for anyone.
“I want to be someone who can see the bigger scope — someone who makes ideas happen,” he says.
How does your time at SPU connect to the work you’re doing today?
I get to use engineering and my passion for cars to engage the culture and contribute to a good cause.
Who made a difference in your SPU education?
I think my most influential teacher while at SPU was Adam Arabian. He constantly reminded us that he was getting us to stop thinking like students, and start thinking like engineers. It was through his prosthetic design courses that I was able to work on projects that would eventually aid Syrian refugees.
What advice do you have for students about life after graduation?
One of my professors told me, “There is brilliance in struggle.” Since then, I have grown and learned more from challenging myself than looking for the easiest way out.