September 8, 2007Her job: Fairchild Semiconductor
Why did you choose engineering?
It’s great seeing a device that actually has your parts in it, whether it’s a cell phone or an MP3 player. It’s so cool to see the product in a store, and know that the parts you designed made it work.
Where did you go to school and what degree(s) do you have?
B.S. in electrical engineering, University of Southern Maine, Portland, Maine.
What do you like best about being an engineer?
I love the creativity involved in working in such a cutting-edge field. Everybody wants something new so a lot of times you feel like you’re almost reinventing these devices. You’re tasked with something that no one’s done before.
Which of your career accomplishments are you proudest of?
One of the most satisfying things is to have your design come out, have the customers just love it, and watch the sales go through the roof!
What (or who) had/has the greatest influence on your life choices?
My dad was an engineer and got me a computer program when I was little. It was fun. And I had no idea that this was actually related to engineering.
What advice would you give to a young woman considering a career in engineering?
Engineering takes a lot more communications and personal skills than math and science sometimes. Being able to work well with people is incredibly valuable.