Laura was the NEON project’s first official engineer. She earned her electrical engineering degree from Colorado State University and worked for a Loveland, Colo. water analysis company and Los Alamos National Laboratory before coming to the National Science Foundation-funded National Radio Astronomy Observatory as a subsystem engineer. Laura joined NEON in late 2008, just in time to help stand up the first prototype site at Table Mountain. Within a year of joining NEON, she was building the entire calibration, validation and audit laboratory from the ground up. She was recently promoted to Director of Engineering, where she oversees the designs and development of all of the infrastructure and sensor assemblies that go out to the domain sites, as well as the Cal/Val Lab.