Capital Region woman helping to change lives

March 02, 2018 01:48 PM

Hilary Lashley Renison dreamed of flying high in the sky. She had her first flying lesson at age 12.

Four years later, she was in college at Cornell.

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There, she was encouraged to consider science as a way to improve people's lives. Flying took a backseat. After graduation, she did just that.

“I went to India and worked in rural areas. I helped create a point of view solar product. This allowed folks to have LED lights and charge their batteries.”

Lashley Renison learned a valuable lesson.

“I learned the importance of understanding the customer's needs before designing a product,” she said.

It would serve her well at the GE Research Center, where she works with others in the field of additive manufacturing with technology that is being used for hundreds of products from energy to healthcare.

But with additive manufacturing, the product improves a person's quality of life, producing devices that move with the individual.

Lashley Renison is a rising star in the company and works outside the Research Center to introduce others to science, including people of color where the numbers aren't as large as they could be.

Her advice?

“We may believe we don’t belong there because we look around and don’t see people like ourselves,” she said. “Remember that you are there for a reason and that your voice is important and needs to be heard. We are more alike than we are different.”



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