What do you do?
Till recently, I have had academic experience starting with my PhD in Southampton, England and two years of postdoctoral researcher in Stockholm, Sweden. During those times, my experience was based on experimental studies in the wind tunnels using flow measurement techniques.
My industrial experience now at Scania involves testing trucks in different climate conditions out in the field or in big climate chambers to evaluate their exhaust emission performance.
Why did you choose this field?
My journey started when I decided to go abroad to pursue further academic studies. I had joyful experiences in experimental fluid mechanics during my summer internship abroad as a 3rd year bachelor student. For me, to be at the university and in its dynamic environment was highly motivating. I could give this as the starting point of my career. Recently, I am more driven by the real-life and industrial applications. Also, I have experienced how being open-minded about doing and trying out different things in your career contributes vastly to you both personally and professionally.
What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?
One is completing the PhD and another one is transitioning from academia to the industry. Both of them were filled with fear and doubts in the process in their own right. Now I know none of them is the ultimate end :)
Why do you love working in STEM?
As someone from STEM fields, I feel at the frontier of recent developments and capable of grasping their foundations to a certain level if I wanted to. As a woman from STEM fields, I love being part of an awesome community where the women need more courage in the short term to achieve sustainable long term goals for equality and diversity of the STEM fields. Contributing to a bigger picture from that respect also makes me proud.
Best advice for next generation?
If your curiosity calls your attention in STEM fields, if you enjoy what you are doing now and the potential of what you might be doing in the future through STEM fields, please do not be discouraged by any comments, looks or even attitudes at times. Always reach out to people that might have passed through similar paths. Having an exemplary network of people or even just reading about them, listening about them can make huge differences in the motivation.
Inspo quote / fun fact / role model
"The most effective way to do it is to do it.”- Amelia Earhart