In 2007, under the guidance of advisor Arvind Atreya, Chris LaFleur completed her Doctorate of Engineering in Manufacturing Engineering from the University of Michigan. She hasn’t slowed down in the ten years following graduation. Alongside other women, she has been forging the path for female success in the STEM fields by engaging in high level, impactful research. In 2017, Dr. LaFleur was recognized for her hard work by receiving the Clean Energy Education & Empowerment (C3E) Award.
C3E is an organization that works to counter the consistent lack of representation of women in the STEM fields. The goal of the C3E Initiative is to close the gender gap and increase women’s participation and leadership in these fields. C3E is honoring Dr. LaFleur for her work as the Program Lead for Hydrogen Safety, Codes and Standards at Sandia National Laboratory. In response to this recognition, Dr. LaFleur says:, “It was quite an honor to receive the C3E award! For an engineer, it is about as close to being a rock star as it gets!”
This engineering rockstar is ensuring that emerging energy technologies are reliable and safe. Recently, at Sandia National Laboratory, Dr. LaFleur has focused on characterizing the risks from traffic incidents involving hydrogen fuel cell vehicles in tunnels for several metropolitan areas on the east coast. She has also led risk characterization efforts for maintenance facility modifications to allow natural gas- and hydrogen-powered vehicles to be repaired indoors. Her contributions to energy technology research are intended to promote continued progress in society’s use of energy.
Dr. LaFleur is a hard-working individual who strives for excellence in her work. She credits her University of Michigan degree as a key factor of her success:
“My Michigan degree has had a profound impact on my career. U-M is well respected throughout the world and target-recruited by Sandia National Labs. I wear my ID on my Michigan Engineering lanyard every day which makes it is easy to find other Michigan alumni at work. Because of the quality of our graduates and our reputation, I have the opportunity to work on a variety of amazing research programs at the Labs. It is very satisfying to work on real world problems with immediate impact.”
Please join ISD in congratulating Dr. LaFleur for earning this important recognition. She has moved beyond her academic endeavors and proves true to our motto to be leaders and best!