Bergen County native, Kira Larson, was the keynote speaker at IHA's inaugural Science National Honor Society (SNHS) Expo on March 23, 2017. Ms. Larson, a bridge engineer, kicked off the expo with her presentation entitled, "Building Your Bridge of Leadership." She inspired students with her message on how to become a successful leader, the power of passion, and living a balanced life.
Ms. Larson received a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Princeton University in 2008 and a master's degree from Columbia University in 2009. She spent the first three years of her career working in New York City as a structural engineer for Weidlinger Associates, specializing in anti-terrorism/blast protective design of state and federal buildings, including many U.S. Embassies. For the past five years, she has been working as a bridge engineer with HNTB in Parsippany, designing various highway and railroad bridges throughout the state.
After Ms. Larson spoke, the members of SNHS presented poster projects created specifically for the expo. Members researched an area of the sciences of interest to them and presented those research finding as they would at an academic conference in college, graduate school, or in their careers. Guests walked around the gymnasium to hear the research findings of the talented IHA poster makers.
Thank you to the executive board of SNHS and society moderators, Ms. Lauren Fitzgerald and Mrs. Angela Holuba Roberts'05, for the hard work you put in to run a successful event.
Photos courtesy of Tara Hopfenspirger.