DiscoverE, formerly the National Engineers Week Foundation, helps unite, mobilize, and support the engineering and technology volunteer communities. Why? They will increase their collaborative footprint in K-12 education and celebrate with the public as it discovers the value of engineering education and careers.
Its mission is to sustain and grow a dynamic engineering profession through outreach, education, celebration, and volunteerism.
DiscoverE has great initiatives and one of those initiatives is GIRLDAY being celebrated today, February 25. Girl Day is a movement that shows girls how creative engineering is and how engineers are changing our world.
What major did you graduate college from?
Bachelor of Engineering, Information Technology
What do you for a living?
I’m a Software Engineer and the Co-Founder and CEO of Duranjo.com, a Creative Digital Agency offering Web Development, Graphic Design and Online Marketing services.
Are you a member of an engineering society?
Yes. I joined IEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, during my last year of college. As part of being a member, we got to work on a project where we built a robot.
What or who inspired you to become an engineer?
Even though I’m not the typical engineer that doesn’t like literature or arts, I decided to become an engineer because of how much I enjoyed solving math problems at school. I also loved to study and helped my friends to prepare for physics, chemistry and math tests. Also, my dad is an engineer and I admire him very much.
Who is your favorite woman engineer from all time?
Marissa Mayer. She is a computer scientist and was the usability leader and key spokesperson of Google for years. Now she is the president and CEO of Yahoo.
On a scale from 1 to 10, what do you like most about being an engineer? And why?
My favorite part of being an engineer is that my job is never repetitive or boring. Becoming a great engineer is challenging, yet my profession has allowed me to develop my personal and professional skills, creativity and knowledge to a whole new level.
In addition, I really love the fact that I can be part of any project worldwide because engineering knows no borders.
What word of advice would you give to a girl thinking of becoming an engineer?
I would say go for it! Becoming an engineer almost guarantees a life of great gratifications, engineers are always a key piece in making possible great projects come to life. The results are always rewarding.
You will also have plenty of career opportunities, getting to be part of amazing teams with people from all backgrounds, all with innovative ideas.
What program(s) would you recommend for a girl thinking of becoming an engineer?
There’s not a specific program that comes to mind, however, I think it's extremely important to do your reasearch about each one before making a decision. There are certain essay and interview questions asked only to future engineers, so I would suggest reaching out to mentors, engineer family members, and organizations like DiscoverE who provide valuable information facilitating these decisions.
What is your favorite quote from a woman engineer?
“You can be good at technology and like fashion and art. You can be good at technology and be a jock. You can be good at technology and be a mom. You can do it your way, on your terms.” - Marissa Mayer