Debra Whittaker

Vice President of Engineering, Aerospace Coatings International

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What do you do?

I help airlines and aircraft owners develop safe, reliable repair solutions for worn, corroded, and damaged aircraft components.

Why did you choose this field?

In high school, I enjoyed math and science but had no idea what I wanted to do career-wise. During my freshman year of college, I looked at various majors and their course offerings and felt engineering was a good fit for my interests.
I had some people in my life tell me that engineering wasn't suitable for girls. I let their words motivate me because I knew I had to prove them wrong.

What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?

That it is possible to balance raising a family with having a successful career.

Why do you love working in STEM?

I enjoy working with engineers all over the world. I look forward to coming to work and solving problems that seem to have no answer.

Best advice for next generation?

Find a mentor! Make connections with people in the type of job you want to have one day.

Inspo quote / fun fact / role model

"The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”
Walt Disney

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