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Dream Jobs 2012: Lego Queen

Dream Jobs 2012: Lego Queen

Nicole Richard IEEE MEMBER AGE 34 WHAT SHE DOES Manages the creation of software for Lego robotics kits. FOR WHOM National Instruments Corp. where she does It Austin, Texas FUN FACTORS Travels around the world to bring robotics kits to kids; gets to visit Lego's headquarters in Denmark and mine the company's coffers for rare pieces. Nicole Richard was never obsessed with Legos as a child, but the 34-year‑old has clearly caught the bug now. Her desk is adorned with a skiing Lego Santa, a camel-riding Lego pirate girl, a Lego robot wearing a hula skirt, and a bin full of rare Lego parts—Yoda heads, crabs, wineglasses, mermaid tails, and hot dogs—culled from visits to Lego headquarters in Billund, Denmark. She might have a 12-year-old boy's dream job, she says, but it's become hers, too. Richard manages the development of software for two popular Lego robotics systems. One is...

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