Laurie Pennington Receives Highly Regarded Act of Excellence Award in Character Category

February 23, 2021

Laurie Pennington, a Senior Technician specializing in bridge design and inspections in Denver, Colorado, is the Act of Excellence (AoE) – Character category winner for 2020. The AoE is an SEH recognition program where employees can recognize colleagues throughout the year for notable acts. 

Laurie has been with SEH for more than 17 years and an integral part of SEH’s bridge inspection team, responsible for creating final bridge inspection reports for municipalities and counties using various management software.

What contributed to Laurie receiving this recognition? “She efficiently manages multiple responsibilities such as prepping field reports for inspections, entering data for over 1,000 bridge inspections and submitting final reports to our clients,” said SEH technician Brian Inglis.  “This allows our bridge team more time to be on-site with clients and Laurie does this with a pleasant demeanor and friendly personality.”

We asked Laurie a few questions to get to know her better, like – how would explain the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) to young girls? What is the most rewarding part of her job? What does she like to do when she is not working? And so much more. Here’s what Laurie had to say.

What does the word “character” mean to you?   

Character means being true to oneself and making people laugh or smile – being a character.

What does a typical day at work look like for you? 

A typical day for me is doing data entry work on a computer.

What is the most rewarding part of your job? 

I find it rewarding to provide important bridge information to internal and external clients and help others find what they may need.

Talk about your background. Why did you choose this field? Or was it something you fell into along the way?

I received my Bachelor of Science in statistics, but growing up, I never knew what I wanted to be – I was fortunate to fall into this career.

How would you explain the importance of STEM to young girls? 

Keep going and stay focused on math, statistics and science and find a job where you can use it. Today, many rewarding careers involve numbers and science, and they serve as building blocks of something more meaningful.

When you’re not working, how do you like to spend your time?

I like to spend my time taking walks, playing with my cat, reading, drinking a good beer with my husband or friends, and doing yoga (not necessarily in this order).

If you were a crayon, what color would you be, and why? 

I would be yellow because it is bright and cheery, but also, depending on where it is, it can blend into the background and not be center stage.

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