Laura Seay

COLLINS AEROSPACE

Laura Seay

Laura Seay has a passion for nature and the outdoors. She enjoys seeing science in action when she is hiking or walking with friends near her home in Sterling, Virginia. She was recently promoted to an engineering role where she develops database products. “When individuals such as pilots or soldiers use cockpit or tanker trainers they sit inside this synthetic environment,” she says. “The trees, buildings, cities and people they see out the windows during the different training scenarios are designed by synthetic environment developers and incorporated into the final product with the help of software engineers.”

Laura Seay
Laura Seay
Laura Seay
Laura Seay

Laura is an advocate for STEM education. Her interest in environmental studies led her to pursue a geography degree at the University of South Carolina. “There are many different career paths for people with STEM degrees,” she says. “2019 is the best time to become an engineer because of all the new technologies that are blossoming across UTC and the aerospace industry.”

Although engineering encompasses many disciplines, Laura defines it as overcoming challenges and finding solutions. “The core of engineering is problem solving,” she says. “Whether the problem is fixing a small component or building a massive space shuttle, they are all important to our world. The challenges that we tackle are complex, so we need creative minds to help us develop the right solutions.”

What does Laura wish people knew about engineers? “We are not all introverts – we are not all men,” she says. “We are a diverse group of people who come from varying backgrounds and perspectives. When engineers collaborate and work as a team the results are mind-boggling. It’s an exciting time to be at United Technologies. The sky is the limit!”

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