Matrix Leader Highlights the Intersection of Science, Business
and Client Relationships

Dr. Laurie LaPat-Polasko discusses her path and clients on podcast.

Phoenix, AZ — Dr. Laurie LaPat-Polasko, Vice President/National Director of Remediation, Matrix New World Engineering (Matrix), was featured on the Path to Profit Podcast.  In a long-ranging conversation, Host Stephen King discussed Dr. LaPat-Polasko’s research on environmental ecosystems in relation to the impacts on business and client relationships. 

Laurie LaPat-Polasko, Ph.D., specializes in environmental engineering and microbiology, developing sustainable ways to biodegrade contaminants. Regarding her research, she mentioned, "Although humans care about life and wildlife and all life on the planet, our clients want to do things that are going to promote survival." She emphasized the importance of listening to clients, their needs and how it influences their business. These clients are considered 'clients for life.' 

Laurie is the Chair of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve (the largest urban preserve in the USA) Commission and she explained, “our mission as commissioners is to preserve and provide education." It is very important for people to learn about and experience nature. Often, this is the participants first exposure to nature. These relationships lead to increased profits and long-lasting clients. 

According to Jayne Warne, PE, President, “We take our educational capabilities very seriously.  There is much to be learned through a scientific lens and we are glad Dr. LaPat-Polasko has made instruction a continuous part of her journey.”

To view the interview, please click here.

To speak with with Matrix, please contact Amy Delman, Amy Delman Public Relations, LLC, 201.563.4614 or

About Dr. Laurie LaPat-Polasko
LaPat-Polasko has a Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of Maryland, a M.S. and Engineers Degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Stanford University, and a B.S. in Biology from Chatham University. She has studied microbial pathogens around the globe, combining her knowledge of biology, environmental engineering, and microbiology to develop and design innovative “bioremediation” approaches to clean up contaminated sites, creating a green, cost-effective method to degrade diverse contaminants, such as chlorinated solvents, explosives, fuel compounds, and emerging contaminants. Dr. LaPat-Polasko used qPCR to determine the source of a Naegleria fowleri impact in a drinking water source in the Phoenix, AZ area. Her 27 years of experience as a technical consultant, project manager, and chief science officer for efforts involving groundwater and soil remediation and wastewater treatment combined with her knowledge of microbiology and civil engineering, result in cost-effective remediation solutions for surface water, groundwater, soil, and sediments impacted by organic and inorganic compounds.  

Dr. LaPat-Polasko has been the recipient of several prominent honors. In 2018, she received the GOLD International Stevie Award for Women in Business, Woman of the Year – Technology, and was selected as Outstanding Business Woman of the Year – 2018 by the Phoenix Business Journal for her community leadership, professional accomplishments, and personal achievements and in 2020 she received the Prism Award from the Society of Women Engineers for Outstanding Leadership in STEM.

To listen to the interview, please click here.

To speak with Matrix, please contact Amy Delman, Amy Delman Public Relations, LLC, 201.563.4614 or 
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