Dr. Laura Pinatti, manager of the IMS Thermal Analysis Laboratory, is soft-spoken and avoids the spotlight but she is also funny and caring, devoted to family, and amazing at her job. After 20 years working for the IMS Industrial Affiliates Program, Laura retired at the end of April. IMS News reached out to Dr. Pinatti with a few questions.
How did you come to the sciences and, specifically, analysis and characterization?
When the job for a research assistant in the thermal lab opened up in 2000 I jumped at the opportunity. My youngest had just turned 5 and it was time to get back to work. I couldn’t have found a better place to spend the next 20 years.
What did you like most about your job in IMS?
Working for IMS and for the IAP has been challenging and stimulating with always something new to keep it interesting. I loved working with our team to define and solve the ever-increasing complexity of issues that industry continue to face.
You’ve retired in the age of coronavirus where we are working and socializing remotely. Of course there are plans to celebrate you when it is safe, but does having such a major event in these times feel different than what you expected?
Retiring when everything is shut down is obviously not how I expected to say goodbye. I would have liked to shake some hands and share some hugs.
How will you remember your time in IMS?
I, of course, also enjoyed meeting and working with the all the graduate students over the years. Getting to know them, working with them on the instruments and learning about their research added a whole new layer of enjoyment to my life at IMS. But what I am going to miss most is chatting with the friendly faces in the halls and offices throughout IMS.
Do you have any special plans for your retirement years?
I am looking forward to a no-obligation, nowhere-to-be sort of retirement. My priority is my family and my health and some road trips to new places now and then.