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Indira Saripally

Reservoir Engineer Advisor, Occidental Oil and Gas Co.

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STEM doesn't differentiate between men and women. Anyone who loves challenges and puzzles is a good fit.

WHAT DO YOU DO?

I manage oil field production, which includes planning the most optimized and safest way to produce oil. I coordinate with multi disciplinary teams to manage these fields.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS FIELD?

I was curious to learn the process of producing oil from thousands of feet below the ground to the surface. Plus, I thought it would be fun to travel for work (which I do quite a bit!) and the money was good :)

WHAT DO YOU LOOK AT & THINK, "I WISH YOUNGER ME WOULD HAVE KNOWN THIS WAS POSSIBLE?"

I wish I knew that I could have pursued dancing (which is my hobby) even when I was preparing for competitive exams during high school.

WHY DO YOU LOVE WORKING IN STEM?

To solve a new problem or to try a new approach to solve an existing problem

BEST ADVICE FOR NEXT GENERATION?

STEM doesn't differentiate between men and women. Anyone who loves challenges and puzzles is a good fit. Women brains are naturally wired to solve problems :)

INSPO / FUN FACT

“Be the change you like to see.”