Laura is a Project Manager and led the renovation of the space in the Melville Library for the new School of Journalism Newsroom. "I doubt there are many newsrooms armed with the kind of advanced hardware and software our newsroom possesses. It is a newsroom of the future for the journalists of the future" said Howard Schneider, Dean of the School of Journalism and the former editor of Newsday.
The newsroom was created by renovating existing space in the Melville library. Laura and the staff at Campus Planning, Design and Construction took the vision of the architect and media consultant and made it a reality by installing new ceilings, carpets, painting, replacing all the windows, installing a new HVAC system and a raised floor with fiber optic cable, putting in a security camera system, a card entry system, and installing and putting into operation many new items such as the forty foot electronic display. This project started in February 2007 and was completed in August 2007 to enable students to start in the program in the fall semester. This project was a challenge for Laura and her staff but one that she really enjoyed. "I enjoy the challenge of trying to put into place what the Program Directors try to achieve as easily as possible for them. For example, here I had to learn how journalists work."
Laura graduated from Stony Brook with a bachelorís degree in Mechanical Engineering and a mastersí degree in Structural Engineering and has a Professional Engineering License in Civil Engineering. She came back to Stony Brook in 1999 after 13 years working for an air pollution control manufacturer on Long Island as their systems/field engineer.
At Stony Brook, in addition to her responsibilities as a Project Manager, Laura is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP). To be a LEED AP you must demonstrate a thorough understanding of green building practices. In addition to her regular responsibilities, Laura is a certified New York State Building Code Enforcement Official, is an officer for the New York State Society of Professional Engineers, runs the Suffolk Chapter's continuing professional competency (CPC) seminars for Professional Engineers and is the New York State Coordinator for the National Mathcounts Program for middle school students.
In her current position, Laura has been involved in many projects all over the campus. For example, she recently finished the Medical Simulation Lab and is currently working on the renovation of the Roth Cafeteria. Laura enjoys her Project Manager position tremendously. "Itís a great job because you meet a lot of people and do a lot of different kinds of projects".