Q & A with Board Member Laura MacDonald, PhD about being an Engineer.

Posted on: September 30, 2020

As a lead up to our October Hour of Happy: So you Want to Be An Engineer, we asked some of our leaders to provide a few reflections for students who are interested in this career path.

Today, we’re sharing reflections from Laura MacDonald, PhD who is an EIA Board Member and the Managing  Director of the Mortenson Center in Global Engineering , Global Engineering Residential Academic Program at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Engineering might be for you if…

Engineering might be for you if you enjoy applying math and science skills to a problem while also thinking critically about the context in which that problem exists – what non-technical factors are contributing to this problem? How can a team with diverse skills work together to address it?

What to do right now that can help you prepare?

It helps to be interested in the world around you. Ask questions about why something is the way it is, how something works or doesn’t work.

How did you choose the type of Engineering you specialized in?

 I chose environmental engineering because of my passion for the environment and how humans interact with it.

What is the best thing about being an Engineer?

The best thing about being an engineer is working with others to address the root causes of poverty.

How has your experience with EIA made you a better Engineer?

Serving on the board of EIA has given me the opportunity to support a great organization that’s founded on engineering principles while focused on contributing to global poverty reduction. This opportunity has given me the chance to have a greater impact than I could as just one engineer acting alone.

We’ll see you at 5:00 p.m. Central on October 6th. Live on Facebook!