Valeria, Montclair, CA asked Lauren Gordon, State of California AddedThursday, February 12, 2015 at 5:30 PM Inspiration Whom inspired you? Reset Sort By Default Lauren Gordon , State of California Answered Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 5:30 PM My dad was a huge inspiration in pursuing a field in math and science. He was an innovator and encouraged me to pursue topics in those fields that I was interested in. But when it came to specifically geological and environmental engineering, I was inspired by the geotechnical engineer who was hired when my parents were remodeling our house. I don't remember his name or what he even looked like, but I remember getting curious about geological engineering. And by the hydrogeologist who drilled the well on our family ranch, whom I later worked for as an intern. At that point, I became fascinated in groundwater. Once in college pursuing such degree, I was inspired by two of my professors who took me under their wing. And exposed me to everything that was groundwater and specifically acid mine drainage. There were a lot of people and things that inspired me. And I'm grateful for everyone of those people and things that brought me to where I am. Thank you for the question!