Stephanie LaCrosse
Stephanie LaCrosse
SVP Product & Partner Development, Honk
Berkeley, CA

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Close Up
  • What I Do
    I work with engineers and product experts to develop consumer facing websites.
  • Why Engineering?
    When I was in high school, I got an internship at Ford Motor Company and I loved it. I always knew I liked math and science, but thought I would study medicine or biology. I was surprised to find out that I was more interested in engineering. My family and the people I worked with encouraged me to become and engineer and also helped me find an amazing scholarship opportunity.
  • School Days
    I attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI. I have a BS in Mechanical Engineering and MS in Electrical/Mechanical Engineering (Automotive Program).
  • My Day At Work
    I have worked in many different areas. I started off in research, so I was mostly doing computer simulations and neural networks to predict what would happen in real life. My next job was in product development where I worked on designing actual cars (engines and suspension systems). Then I got more into the technology/electrical side of engineering and built GPS tracking systems, websites, software, and electrical communication systems. I spent a few years working on developing future product concepts and thinking through business strategies. Now, I have my own business.
  • Best Part
    Engineering teaches you how to break things down and solve problems. With my background in engineering, I am fearless...I feel like I can learn anything I put my mind to.
  • Proud Moments
    That's a tough question...I always feel like I could be doing more or doing a better job. I guess I am proudest when I can point to a product or part of a product and say I was part of that.
  • Challenges
    I am bubbly and charismatic, so most people underestimate what I can do. There have been many situations where I have worked harder than everyone else in order to get the respect of doubters.
  • My Family
    I have the most wonderful family in the world. I am very close to my parents and my younger brother.
  • Dreams and Goals
    In the short term, I am working hard on growing my business, but eventually, I would like to develop toys and games to encourage girls to learn math and science at a very young age.
  • Inspiration
    My family. There are no two people on earth that I look up to more than my parents. They have given me the intelligence, courage, and strength to do anything I set my mind to. My brother has also been a huge influence. One day when I came home upset from my summer job and complained that I didn't understand how engines worked, he bought me an 4.6L Crown Victoria engine and spent all summer taking it apart and teaching me everything he knew. That act of kindness changed my life.
  • Want to be an Engineer?
    1) You can do it if you work hard enough- don't ever give up. 2) There will come a day when you get it and everything is different- that day comes at different times for different people, be patient. 3) It is the best career decision you could ever make- once you have your degree, you can pretty much do any job you want.
  • Any other stories or comments you would like to share with EngineerGirl visitors?
    It is the best career decision you could ever make- once you have your degree, you can pretty much do any job you want.
  • Hobbies
    I love being outside, watching sports, and spending time with family and friends. I will read any psychology book you put in front of me and have been helping my Mom start her own business.