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Erin Fletcher

Education: B.S. in civil engineering, Stanford University, Palo Alto, California; M.S. in structural engineering, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington.

Where she works: Erin works in Seattle, at HDR, an architectural and engineering firm.

Most exciting part of engineering: "The most exciting part of the projects I work on is the problem-solving aspect of it. It involves looking at the different options from many perspectives and trying to decide on an appropriate solution. It involves not just the engineers, but the noise experts, the architects, the people who are interested in aesthetics, and the environmental people. So it really is a coordinated team effort."

Travel: Her career as an engineer has taken Erin to Japan, Italy, Greece, and all over the United States.

Hobbies: hiking, biking, crocheting. Until recently, she directed her church’s youth choir.

Olympic dreams: Erin excelled in track and field in high school and college and dreamed of going to the Olympics in shot put or discus. When she realized that wasn’t going to happen, she transferred her old athletic dreams into an engineering ambition. "I will die a happy woman if I can be involved in building an Olympic venue someday," says Erin.

Advice: "I definitely encourage people to do internships as soon as possible in college, because the internship experience really helps you figure out what it is that you specifically want to do."