What do you do?
I'm a mechanical engineer at a tech startup. We do testing and analysis that helps car companies understand annoying noise and vibration problems.
Why did you choose this field?
Truthfully, I got lucky. I never had the "aha!" moment that some people have. I always liked math and problem solving, so I chose mechanical engineering because it seemed to cover a broad range of topics. Then my advisor at university (one of my professors) introduced me to the world of vibrations and gave me a position in his research laboratory. I enjoyed it and have now been working in this field for almost 10 years.
What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?
I wish younger me could have been more confident and comfortable discussing technical topics. You see certain people explaining things with such strong energy and confidence. I always had the knowledge to do that, but was lacking some of the confidence. The trick I later learned is to fake your confidence, and then it actually just becomes real!
Why do you love working in STEM?
I love solving problems. The best days are the ones when I can use a combination of math, science, and engineering judgement to figure out what's causing a certain problem, and hopefully come up with a solution to improve it. Plus vibration testing is just fun!
Best advice for next generation?
Go for it! You really can do anything you put your mind to. I really think it is the women in STEM that will change the world. Women in STEM often have a combination of technical and social skills that is different from men, and makes us good leaders and better at working in a team. Go do something badass!
Inspo quote / fun fact / role model
“You are your best role model”