What made you want to become an engineer?
When I was a little girl, I would always help my dad with projects around the house. I was always interested not only in the “why” but the “how” part of our projects. As I got older, that understanding and quest for knowledge has never changed. When I was a senior in high school, my AP calculus teacher suggested I look into engineering. She was a great mentor who really steered me in the right direction and helped to harness my skill set into a rewarding profession.
What is your favorite part of your job?
The favorite part of my job is seeing a project come to life. A project at its infancy is nothing more than an idea or lines on a paper. It is then transformed from a concept to a design and then ultimately, construction. My work may not always be something appreciated, though. A beautiful new building is much more impressive than the parking lot that surrounds it, but I take pride in something as simple as a parking lot not flooding during a rain event due to the way I graded it.
What advice would you give to girls who are thinking about becoming engineers?
You need to be thick-skinned and don’t ever compromise yourself. People will challenge your personal and professional ethics, no matter what field you are entering. You need to be confident in yourself and your skills in order to make it as a woman in a male-dominated field.
What are you passionate about aside from engineering?
I am very passionate about health and fitness. I am an avid runner and a Pilates instructor. That balance between mind and body is very important to me to keep me grounded. My other passion is helping animals. I have two rescued dogs and I volunteer with a local animal shelter. If I wasn’t an engineer, I would probably be a vet.