EngineerGirl @ Northgate

Posted Friday, December 8, 2017 at 9:04 AM

Website & Community Manager, National Academy of Engineering

"Watch interviews with Sarah Price and Lauren Thatch from Northgate Environmental Management, Inc. in Oakland, California."

EngineerGirl @ Northgate

PostedFriday, December 8, 2017 at 9:12 AM

EngineerGirl @ Northgate

Watch interviews with Sarah Price and Lauren Thatch from Northgate Environmental Management, Inc. in Oakland, California.

#EngineerGirlShow highlights amazing women in engineering to inspire the next generation. This series was produced by George Retelas with his digital art students at SAE Institute.  

Interview Transcript

Holly (H): Hello, my name is Holly and I am an eighth grader, and I'm really interested in science and math and I was wondering if you could answer a few questions and tell me a little bit about your career?

Lauren Thatch (LT): Generally we’ll do, kind of on-site sampling. So we'll go out, collect environmental samples — so that could be anything from soil vapor to actual soil samples or water samples — and we'll deliver those to a laboratory and then we'll wait for the results to come back and we'll kind of analyze that.

H: Was there anyone who inspired you to do this?

LT: Actually my dad's very good architect, so growing up I spent a lot of time around construction sites. So I think I always had an interest for structural engineering.

H: So why did you choose this career?

Sarah Price (SP): I started out wanting to build bridges. Growing up in the Bay Area, I’ve just kind of always been fascinated by the bridges around the bay.

H: So were there any activities that you did in high school that kind of prepared you for this career?

SP: I did a project in my statistics class where we built a bridge and that's one thing that I always remember. I remember doing my little arch bridge.

H: Is there anything else you would like to share?

SP: Well I think if you want to pursue math and science you should definitely reach out to teachers right now. I mean for me, it was my high school history teacher that eventually got me kind of an internship with Northgate when I was in college, and then that led to a career later on. So you never really know what connections will find you a good job.