Structural Engineer Laura Micheli joined the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering as an Assistant Professor in August 2019. She received her Bachelor degree in Civil Engineering and her Master degree in Structural Engineering (summa cum laudem) from the University of Perugia, Italy, in 2012 and 2015, respectively. Her Master degree dissertation focused on the development of smart, cementitious sensors for structural health monitoring applications. In 2019, Laura received a Ph.D. in Intelligent Infrastructure Engineering from Iowa State University, with a dissertation on life-cycle cost analysis and uncertainty quantification of civil structures equipped with motion control systems. She also received a Master degree in Electrical Engineering from Iowa State University in 2018 and was recently selected as an honoree for the Iowa State University Women in STEM initiative (2019). During her Ph.D., Laura developed fundamental understanding in several disciplines, such as probabilistic theories, computational methods, big-data analysis, structural dynamics, and control theory. Her research interests include smart systems and structures, life-cycle cost analysis, risk assessment, damping devices, surrogate models, neural networks, and structural health monitoring. Her future research mission will be to promote a shift toward innovation that focuses on emerging technologies, such as machine learning and model updating, within the realm of civil engineering.