Welcome, Laura! She joins our entertainment engineering team as project manager.
1. What inspired you to pursue engineering?
I thought that it would be like math classes and that there would be one right answer. That has turned out to be wildly untrue, but now I like that at the end of the project there is an actual physical thing that wouldn’t have existed without my contributions.
2. What’s your greatest accomplishment?
I finished both my bachelors and masters in four years. It made for a lot of long nights, but was totally worth it.
3. If you weren’t in engineering, what would you be?
I’m still hoping that there’s a slot on the International Space Station for me. Failing that, I think I’d like to own a restaurant.
4. If you could design a structure anywhere in the world, where would it be?
I always like to think a little bit bigger, so I would really like to design a structure on another planet – Mars maybe.
5. Favorite thing to do off the clock.
I like to spend time on the couch with my husband and my dog.
6. Most prized possession/what you couldn’t live without (outside of family and friends).
I’m not sure I’d call him a possession, but definitely my dog.
7. What are your hobbies?
I like to cook and garden. Even better if I’m cooking something from the garden.
8. What’s your signature dish to cook for family and friends?
My family has celebrated Thanksgiving on the Saturday after for as long as I can remember, and we’ve hosted for the last few years. My husband and I make everything from scratch and feed about 20 of our family members on my favorite day of the year.
9. What industry book have you read that has been most helpful to your career?
Conquering Gotham. When the rail tunnels were built under the Hudson River connecting New Jersey and Manhattan in the early 1900s, they dug from both sides and met in the middle, and matched up within a couple of inches. It’s a good reminder that technology can’t replace attention to detail and thoroughness.
10. What’s on your bucket list?
My bucket list is only one item long: officiate a wedding ceremony.