Laureen Ervin
Laureen A Ervin
The Boeing Company
Carnation, WA

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Please tell us a little about your family. I have a wonderful husband, two grown sons and daughter-in-laws, two grandsons, and three cats. What are your short-term (1-2 years) and long-term (10+ years) goals? Short-term, I want to incorporate more of my skills into my computer graphics work, adding algorithms based on math, artificial intelligence, systems design… Long-term is more difficult to predict. I could continue along the same path, or consider down-sizing or “retirement”. I wouldn’t mind combining my engineering skills more with my artistic side; being involved with computer graphics for flight simulators is a good start. When I do get to “retirement”, I might do more painting, or fabric and clothing design, that is, indulge and further develop my artistic side. Describe something about your life outside of work: your hobbies, or perhaps a favorite book or inspirational quote. For about 15 years, my hobby was being in a local music band. Another woman and I sang the leads and harmonies to most of the songs, and the guys played guitar, bass and drums and do some singing too. That was a very fun hobby, even though we are not even close to being famous. I am now more into water color painting; I can take it with me when I travel or when we go boating on the week-ends. One favorite quote would be “This is the day that the Lord hath made; let us rejoice and be glad in it”. This is what we said each morning in grade school, and I like the attitude expressed to begin each day with appreciation and optimism. What advice would you give to a young woman considering a career in engineering? Study hard; this is a challenging career, which is why it pays well and is in demand. This allows you to achieve other goals (dream home, nice clothes) and be self-sufficient. Taking on a challenge and succeeding is very satisfying. Don’t sell out; be your own self. It’s time for women to redefine being an engineer; it’s not just for nerds!
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Latest Questions
  • Blah, Houston

    Added Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 2:45 PM

    Tell me what about your chosen aspect of engineering makes you want to pursue it as a full time profession.
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    Laureen Ervin, The Boeing Company
    Answered Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 2:45 PM
    I've always been fascinated with science and what makes things work the way they do.  As a kid, I liked astronomy, plants, animals and birds, anatomy, dinosaurs, lightening, and lots of stuff like that.  
    In college, I chose electrical engineering ...
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  • KRITIKA, LUCKNOW(INDIA) asked Laureen Ervin, The Boeing Company

    Added Saturday, August 24, 2013 at 11:54 PM

    Hello mam, I read your profile and think that you are the right person to discuss my doubts with. I have completed my undergraduate course in electrical engineering but somehow I find myself drawn towards the software field. In india there is no scope for an electrical engineer to do a graduate course in computer science. Now I want to change my field from electrical to computer science, but having studied 4yrs electrical sometimes I think that its not a good idea and will there be less ...
    Related to Computer, Electrical
    Answers 1
    Laureen Ervin, The Boeing Company
    Answered Saturday, August 24, 2013 at 11:54 PM
    Hi Kritika, 
    I think it's a great idea, since I have an undergraduate in EE and a masters in software.  You will be more specialized, but also qualified for what I think are more interesting applications than people with a general software undergrad ...
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  • tierra

    Added Friday, March 30, 2012 at 5:04 AM

    Hi. I am interested in computer software engineering and wondering what classes should I take in high school, I'm currently in 8th grade now. Also I am wondering what types of software do computer engineers work on and is this type of field hard? Thanks.
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    Laureen Ervin, The Boeing Company
    Answered Friday, March 30, 2012 at 5:04 AM
    There are so many types of computer software engineering. Obviously take any programming classes that are available. I work in airplane flight simulation, so knowing physics and math is important, as well as computer graphics. If you want to do games ...Read More
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