Graduate Research Assistant and Eisenhower Fellow, Virginia Tech
You are capable of so much more than you currently know.
WHAT DO YOU DO?
I am currently studying the implementation of artificial intelligence into intelligent transportation systems while working towards my masters and PhD.
I also run @blondeengineeringgirl to help share my experience as a female in engineering and shed light on the discrimination I faced so other girls don't feel alone.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS FIELD?
I always have been fascinated with trains, planes, and traffic signals. Growing up in Metro NY fed my interest in transportation. Now I get to help design the next generation of transportation.
I participated in the ACE Mentor Program in high school and it helped me better understand what engineering was. I was also exposed to STEM through Girl Scouts.
In college I have been involved in ITE, ASCE, SWE, WTS, and ATES.
WHAT DO YOU LOOK AT & THINK, "I WISH YOUNGER ME WOULD HAVE KNOWN THIS WAS POSSIBLE?"
Finally graduating undergrad with a fully funded offer to a top 10 program from grad school is one instance. The other is getting the Eisenhower fellowship.
WHY DO YOU LOVE WORKING IN STEM?
I love being able to be a part of something that helps to contributes to everyone's daily lives. Civil engineering affects every single person and it makes what I get to do that much more exciting.
BEST ADVICE FOR NEXT GENERATION?
You are capable of so much more than you currently know. Other people who try to say you can't do it or won't succeed are just jealous of everything you are doing.
INSPO / FUN FACT
“in omnia paratus” - (ready for anything).