Engineer, Group Leader
Materials Science Division
Computational Engineering Mechanics, (Civil Engineering)|
University of California, Davis
Thermosciences and Microdevices, (Mechanical Engineering)|
University of California, Santa Barbara
Lara has been a full-time Engineer at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) for over 14 years with experience as a Computational Analyst, Principal Investigator, and Program Manager. She has contributed to a variety of projects, in various roles and levels of responsibility, to solve technical problems that often have a great deal of uncertainty, and a high risk of failure. She has more than 17 years of finite element analysis experience and her primary interests are in failure modeling and assessment of structures and mechanical components under blast loading and high explosives equations of state, including reactive flow modeling and shock hydrodynamics. Representative discipline areas include risk and vulnerability assessment development, explosives modeling, structural collapse, and weapon development.
Lara was also employed for over 2 years as a full-time Managing Engineer at Hinman Consulting Engineers in San Francisco. Hinman is a small consulting firm that specializes in Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection (AT/FP) and blast consulting for a range of projects. Lara's responsibilities include delivering on projects (e.g. U.S. embassies abroad, military facility design and upgrade, high threat/high risk developments for international clients, and federally-owned facilities), managing technical innovation to improve project execution capability and efficiency at the firm, and staff management.