Her career has been filled with interesting projects and challenges, including helping
to re-build levees after floods, working in the hurricane disaster response arena
(Igor, Katrina, etc.) and working in two combat zones (Iraq in 2004 and Afghanistan
in 2011). When asked about her favorite part of her job, she replies, “Disaster response
is my favorite job.You can look at the folks you’re helping, and know that you’ve
made a positive difference. I’ve spent the last 26+ years building relationships with
Laura's efforts to help her customers have been recognized in multiple ways, including
two Commander's Awards for Civilian Service and three Achievement Medals for Civilian
Service. She also received a NATO Award for her work in Afghanistan, the Global War
on Terror Medal, and was given the Distinguished Service in Engineering Award from the Herff College
of Engineering in April.
She is a member of Tau Beta Pi, lifetime member of the Society of American Military
Engineers, and a member of the Engineers’ Club of Memphis and the Order of the Engineer.
When asked what she has learned that has helped her most in her career, Laura replies,
“One of the most important things I learned at the U of M, and throughout life, is
the value of communication." She also recommends new civil engineering graduates learn
to be flexible and to recognize the importance of giving back to one’s community.Laura
is an excellent role model in this regard.She has donated nearly 10 gallons of blood
through Life Blood, volunteers at the Orpheum, the Memphis Zoo, at the WONDERS Series,
and is a proud supporter of the University of Memphis, the Herff College of Engineering
and the Alumni Association.
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