Fine Grain Data is a series of interviews with our senior research scientists conducted by our communications intern, Megan Ciszek. The aim of the series is to get to know the people who make up ACTNext, and explore some of the motivations and thoughts driving their work on developing the next generation of tools for learning and assessment.

We invite you to check back frequently over the coming weeks as we post the rest of the Fine Grain Data Interviews. This week, ACTNext Senior Program Manager Laura Lipinski shares her thoughts on the projects she’s working on, her personal research aspirations, and more!

What brought you to ACTNext?

I transitioned from the Office for Innovation to ACTNext in 2016.  The transition was seamless due to my role in continuing to manage multiple programs and project deadlines affecting internal and external stakeholders

What do you do at ACTNext?

I am responsible for managing program level details and accomplishing project objectives by planning and evaluating project activities on projects managed within ACTNext. This includes completing the project schedule, cost budgeting, scope planning, managing project issues and risk, as well as managing project teams, resource allocation, and quality management

What are some of the projects you are currently working on?

I am currently working on the Education Companion App project, CPS, dCDMLAS, and ETCPS planning.

What is your personal research mission/vision/aspiration? Goals? And how does this align with ACT and ACTNext’s mission?

My personal goals are to continue to build trusting relationships in my department as well as across the organization and industry.  I am passionate about user experience and how to provide the best experience possible for any stakeholder interacting with the department.

I am passionate about helping everyone achieve education and workplace success AND finding an innovative, research based, way to do so.  I like being a part of an organization and team that values research based solutions, and finding a way to deliver them the best way possible

At this point in your career, what are you most proud of professionally?

I am proud to be a part of the team that launched the Education Companion App to a group of South Carolina High School students.  We all used our talent and skills toward a research project that is making an impact, even in this early phase of the project

What future trends do you see in your field, and are there any that you are particularly excited or concerned about?

The future trends are going to things we need now – personalized and adaptive assessments.  It is exciting to be a part of the team working toward these goals, and be able to provide them program and project management

What is a fun/interesting fact about you?

I co-chair a fundraiser that raised over $50,000.00 this year.  I have two children, ages 5 and 3, who keep me busy.  I am a librarian (Masters in Library and Information Science), but I don’t work in a library