She began working at Fluor's Chemical Technology Center in 2004, shortly after earning her chemical engineering degree at Purdue Univ. She credits her father, a computer engineer, with planting the word "engineering" into her vocabulary. "Originally. I wanted to pave my own path and not follow in anyone's footsteps," says [Lynn Takala]. "But as I got older, I realized that the word 'engineering' had many different meanings.