September 8, 2007Her job: Johnson Matthey
Why did you choose engineering?
I love working in teams and dealing with people from different walks of life who perform a variety of jobs. I collaborate with others about 95% of my day.
I learn something new every hour. When you are an engineer, your job evolves constantly. As you improve the system you are working on, new opportunities and learning experiences come along.
Where did you go to school and what degree(s) do you have?
B.S. and M.S. in chemical engineering, Widener University, Chester, Pennsylvania. Her company paid for her to complete her master’s degree.
What kinds of activities have typically been part of your work?
I certainly don’t sit at a desk all day and work on calculations and formulas! I’m out in the plant, talking with people, making sure things are running smoothly.
Which of your career accomplishments are you proudest of?
I led a $5 million refinery expansion. Without the expansion, we would have lost business. My team finished, in less than a year, a project that was expected to take two years.
What challenges have you met and conquered in your pursuit of an engineering career?
I was in a different situation than most young women my age. I had my son after my senior year of high school, but I still wanted to go to college. I worked and put myself through school, and I raised my son on my own.
Describe something about your life outside of work: your hobbies, or perhaps a favorite book.
Reading, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.