STEM Professional of the week

Lauren Hamburg      
Huntington Ingalls Industries

From a worldly background to a STEM career, Lauren Hamburg grew up with a unique perspective of the world – of different cultures and the importance of giving back to the community.

Lauren’s childhood was one rich in culture. Her mother was of Mexican descent and her father of Russian Jewish descent. By her junior year in high school, Lauren had lived in California, Germany, Japan and New Mexico. In every town where Lauren’s family settled, they always made it a point to volunteer within the community. Whether it was volunteering at an Air Force Base in Japan, or volunteering at a local domestic violence shelter, Lauren learned the need for volunteerism and has carried that with her into her adult life.

After graduating from high school, Lauren enrolled at New Mexico State University (NMSU), eventually earning a bachelor’s degree in mathematics. During that time, she interned for General Electric and as a co-op with the Physical Science Laboratory at NMSU working as a project engineer for the U.S. Navy. This experience prepared Lauren for what would become her new career path in engineering.

Following college graduation, Lauren worked as a Systems Engineer for Raytheon Missile systems. With three years of engineering experience under her belt, she was offered a position with Huntington Ingalls Industries - one of the nation’s largest military shipbuilding company and provider of manufacturing, engineering and management services to the nuclear energy, oil and gas markets. This meant that Lauren would relocate to Japan, a country she had lived in from ages nine to fifteen. After two years in Japan, she returned to the U.S. and began working in the Newport News Shipbuilding division of Huntington Ingalls Industries. Lauren was assigned to the Machinery Control group testing automation systems on the aircraft carrier the Gerald R. Ford. As an Engineer Systems Test 3, where she was given the lead position to manage the test program critical systems, where she been performing exceedingly well ever since.

Lauren’s commitment to STEM has flourished within Newport News Shipbuilding and in the community. With her demanding position as a lead systems engineer, she has found the time to volunteer for Career Pathways, which coordinates volunteer activities of the company with the local public schools in promotion of STEM education and careers. She has joined the Hispanic Outreach and Leadership Alliance (HOLA), a group committed to fostering leadership through networking, professional development and community involvement. Lauren is also part of a team that is developing a curriculum for a joint STEAM (science, technology, engineering and applied mathematics) Academy with NASA that will bring in students from the Virginia area to participate in a week long, intensive STEAM learning program at Old Dominion University.

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