What do you do?
I am responsible for substation design which includes capital projects, in service failures and equipment sourcing.
Why did you choose this field?
My dad is a Mechanical Engineer who worked in the consulting field most of his career. Growing up, whenever we would pass by a building he had designed, he would point it out to me in a very humble but proud way. At 8 years old I started saying I wanted to be an engineer like my dad. I also remember when my dad taught me math using apples and oranges in our kitchen. It was the time he took out of his busy life to teach me simple things such as this, that lead to a solid base for an engineering career. Although I went on to do electrical while he was mechanical, my dad was and still is my role model.
What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?
Having a career in a male dominated field because of my skill, not my looks.
Why do you love working in STEM?
I love the technical work involved in my current position, starting a project and seeing it through to completion in the field. I wake up looking forward to learning something new that I can apply in the future.
Best advice for next generation?
Whether you are at the top of your class or at the bottom, be your true self and it'll take you places in your career you wouldn't imagine possible.
Inspo quote / fun fact / role model
Put the work in, don't worry about the praise.