International Women in Engineering Day is designed to raise the profile of women in engineering, focus attention on career opportunities in the sector, and celebrate the achievements of women in engineering.
June 23 is International Women in Engineering Day (INWED). This year, the theme is ‘Shape the World’. We wanted to do our part to celebrate INWED by asking women in engineering-related roles at DIALOG what motivates them, what they’re proud of, and how they’re contributing to the profession. It turns out that innate curiosity, an interest in STEM initiatives, and even the Brady Bunch all play a part.
Read on to find out how these women are shaping the world for future generations of female engineers.
What about engineering interested you? How did you know a career in this field was right for you?
Kiran Natt, Building Performance Analyst | Mechanical Engineering, Calgary: I was really interested in understanding how things worked. I was always working on cars and trucks with my dad and really enjoyed understanding the practical side of how things worked.
Elaine Hu, EIT | Structural Engineering, Toronto: What I love about engineering is that everything can be explained… why high rise buildings have revolving doors, roads with a speed limit of 70km/hr are actually designed for 90, how far apart to space wind turbines to be most efficient. Realizing how diverse even one branch of engineering was, I knew I had picked the right career path.
Alfiya Hasan, Design Technology Specialist | Technology, Toronto: As an architectural designer, I figured that collaboration with engineers with the process of BIM was inevitable. Hence, after getting my bachelor in Architecture I decided to pursue my master degree in Building Engineering; specializing in BIM. This now helps me understand/conceive an overall picture of a construction project.
Negin Vahdat, Engineer | Electrical Engineering, Toronto: My earliest memory about any one career was my father job who was engineer and used to work on a large-scale projects. It encouraged me to get into a job that involves innovation and construction. –
Diana Smith, Engineer, Associate | Mechanical Engineering, Edmonton: I love being able to see the work I do at DIALOG and walk into a building I was involved with. I enlighten, possibly annoy, all my family and friends with fun tidbits about each project. Joking aside, it’s wonderful to see people using the space and how it makes a difference to them.
Andrea Powell, Engineer in Training | Mechanical Engineering, Edmonton: The first time that I can distinctly remember being interested in building design was in the third grade after watching Mike Brady, from The Brady Bunch, assemble scale concept models. After that, I started dreaming up my own designs… Even on my most challenging days I wouldn’t want to be doing anything else.
Sholpan Altynbayeva, Technologist | Mechanical Engineering, Toronto: I studied architecture and after working in that area I wanted to explore more – engineering systems are a whole separate world in AEC industry.
Angie Mason, Engineer in Training | Structural Engineering, Edmonton: Structural engineering drew me in because I liked the idea of seeing the work that I do physically get built and have a visible impact on communities. The bridges and buildings that we design are so well-known that it’s fun and easy to explain to others what I do.
Olga Shuster, Technologist | Electrical Engineering, Toronto: I knew that I will go for engineering since high school, because I liked technical subjects and had great examples in my family.
Debby Deng, Technologist | Electrical Engineering, Toronto: It was not hard to choose career when I applied for university. I’m good at physics and math, and electronics engineering was very popular, so it was my first choice.
Stephanie Dalo, Structural Engineer / Sustainability Specialist | Vancouver: I was fortunate to grow up in places with treated water, maintained roads, managed wastewater, distributed power, and well-maintained sewers. In my early teens, I began to question who is responsible for all of this. I realized that infrastructure touches the lives of everyone, and that good infrastructure creates cities that thrive. That became my passion and led me to my career as a structural engineer.