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PATRICIA LAI, EIT

Co-Founder

Patricia grew up in a family of engineers, but first started off traveling and learning languages as an undergrad at UC Berkeley. After completing her degree, she worked in coffee- managing a cafe and doing high-end espresso catering. After a brief stint as an engineering technician for a niche manufacturing firm, she then moved into the real estate industry. First, as an executive assistant for a broker in the Bay Area, then as the Director of Development + Acquisitions for a real estate developer in Los Angeles. She then took a break and became a mother.

Patricia’s first stint in the North Coast was in the summer of 2002 as a Corps-member for the California Conservation Corps in Klamath, CA. She loved it so much, she moved permanently to the Arcata area in 2006. After the birth of her son, she decided to pursue a degree in engineering in order to gain technical skills so she could better serve the environment and community. She worked for the Schatz Energy Research Center at Humboldt State University on the Quality Assurance team consulting for the World Bank’s Lighting Global Program. While on this team, she helped develop the international standard testing methods for small off-grid solar lights (“picoPV”), and this work took her to Kenya and Senegal.

Since 2014 Patricia has been a freelance technical consultant on a wide variety of projects including off-grid solar, algaculture, aquaponics, integrated waste management, biological remediation, and bio-integrated systems. She also got involved in prescribed burning as a best forest management practice and has firefighter type 2 certification. She is ecstatic to be partners with her good friend, Kendra, and thankful for the amazing opportunity to bring Mother Earth Engineering to fruition.

  • B.A. International Development Studies, University of California at Berkeley
  • B.S. Environmental Resources Engineering, Humboldt State University
  • M.S. Environmental Systems (pending), Humboldt State University
Respect the mother, Respect each other