Valentina Contini

E-mobility Senior engineer at Porsche Engineering Services Gmbh

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Do what you love!

What do you do?

Depending on the project I work on I can take up different tasks and this makes my job more interesting. In a project I might be responsible of defining the product (normally a mean of transportation with or without wheels, but always electric) and technical solutions we want to use, in another one I might manage a team defining schedule and tasks and assigning them.
So, in most cases I solve problems. :)

Why did you choose this field?

I studied Energy Engineering because I wanted to "save the world". I believed renewable energies would have been the solution to all environmental issues but soon I realized that air pollution in cities is mainly caused by transportation so I decided to focus on that aspect, first working on making conventional cars more efficient and then moving on to work on electric vehicles. Elon Musk has always been a reference for me, because of his "outsider" approach and his willingness to take risks to prove his point.

What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?

I was one of the few women in the world working on high performance engines back in 2008, I switched to e-mobility before it was cool in 2012, again as one of the few women, and I ended up working on one of the most exciting electric vehicles of the future in the last 3 years.

Why do you love working in STEM?

I love working in STEM because every day I can learn new things and solve problems to make the world a better place.

Best advice for next generation?

Do what you love! Don't listen to the people that say "but that's a man job!" !
You are worthy, your ideas are and your time is valuable. Learn from everything and everyone around you.

Inspo quote / fun fact / role model

"Everyone knew it was impossible, until a fool who didn't know came along and did it." - Albert Einstein

"Stay hungry, stay foolish!" - Steve Jobs

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