Engineers Week: Meet Sergio and Lourdes
Join us this week as we celebrate National Engineers Week! Celebrated since 1951, over 70 engineering and educational societies participate each year, along with dozens of corporations. At LaBella, we offer our contributions to the Discover E (National Engineers Week Foundation) mission of:
Celebrating how engineers make a difference in our world
Increasing public dialogue about the need for engineers
Bringing engineering to life for students
Learn more here.
For the past few years we've used Engineers Week as an opportunity to share insights from a few of our diverse group of engineers. This year, in continuation of celebrating our new Powered by Partnership brand, we're presenting some of the internal partnerships that build our engineering team. Each day we'll share thoughts from a senior level engineer, and the young engineer they mentor.
Today, hear from our CEO, Sergio Esteban, and Lourdes Lopez!
What was your education in and how long have you been in this field?
Sergio: Masters in Civil and Transportation Engineering from Polytechnical University of Madrid, 42 years in civil engineering.
Lourdes: Bachelor in Engineering from Instituto Tecnologico de Oaxaco, 9 years in the field.
What has been one of your favorite projects and why?
Sergio: The Port of Rochester and Rochester Midtown Redevelopment are my favorites. Both were transformational projects for our community.
Lourdes: There are a lot! All with different experiences and wonderful people I had to work with. My favorite projects are in renewable energy, like wind farms. For example, La Venta III was the first project I worked on and everything was new for me, I learned a lot and I really enjoyed the experience.
What drew you to this discipline?
Sergio: The ability to see the results of your ideas, reflected on paper, becoming a reality and seeing them being constructed.
Lourdes: In these days you cannot live without electric power. Everything works with electricity and that was the reason I decided to study electrical engineering. In the beginning of my career I was exposed to projects with wind turbine generation and energy collection systems, and I realize that I am really passionate about electric power systems.
How has engineering changed throughout your career?
Sergio: The essence of engineering has not changed since the beginning of our civilization—however, the media and tools we use to deliver our product has changed and grown exponentially. Technology renews itself every 5 years.
How is working at an engineering firm different than you expected?
Lourdes: When you are at school you don’t see the full picture. When you are working in the engineering firm you are able to view the project from start to finish, and see how your work can make a difference in your community.
What do you see in the future of your field?
Sergio: Continuing the advances in technology and a higher awareness about the sustainability of our designs. The future is very bright and the need for engineers will continue to increase.
What are some of your career goals?
Lourdes: I always like to learn something new each day; my goal this year is to obtain a certification that will help me to be prepared for future challenges and guarantee the meeting of our deadlines and satisfaction of our clients.
What is a personal interest that has nothing to do with engineering?
Sergio: The arts are a catalyst to complement our education and make us better individuals and members of our society.
Lourdes: I would like to leave a better planet for our children. I’m the one who is always worried because of the waste from our natural resources. Little changes in our lives can make a big impact on our planet.
What do you like about working for LaBella?
Sergio: The opportunity to work and get to know a very diverse group of people. Diversity enriches our culture and values.
Lourdes: I couldn’t be more grateful to find the best company to work with. LaBella is a company that cares about its employees. It’s a place that you can grow as much as you want, where you’re always surrounded by supportive people.
If not engineering, what career would you choose?
Sergio: Doctor, because of the proximity of that profession to people.
Lourdes: I love what I do and I don’t see myself doing anything else, but if I had to choose I would love to study archeology. I love history and I believe the past influences and determines our future.
What excites you about working with the next generation of engineers? What advice would you give them?
Sergio: It is exciting to learn from new generations. They teach you about a big part of the world they will be responsible for in the future and hopefully we will be able to help them reach their goals.
What’s the most important thing your mentor has taught you?
Lourdes: Sergio is awesome! He is the most passionate person I know—he loves his work, he cares for people, and he inspires the young engineers with his energy, vision, and knowledge.