Each month we select a question of particular interest to EngineerGirls. We invite and encourage many of the engineers featured on the site to share their answers with us.  You can find all our featured questions here and on the Ask an Engineer page.


Do I need a mentor?

I was told I should have a mentor to help me into an engineering career. Is it necessary to have a mentor? Did you all have mentors? If so, how did you find them? What should I look for in a mentor?


Were you the only girl in the room?

I’ve heard some engineers say they were the only woman in a class or club in college, or after college on a project or team at work. Has this happen to you? How did you deal with standing out like that and not having any other women around?


Do you have to be really outgoing to be an engineer?

I like being with people, but I don't like to be the center of attention or push for my own way. I like to think about things and work out details before I jump in with an answer. But I often hear that women need to speak up and be more aggressive to be successful in their careers. Is that true for women in engineering? I’ve also heard that engineers are often introverts like me. Is that true? I worry that I may have to try to change my personality if I want a great career.


Have you ever felt like you were not able to show your full intelligence in order for people to like you?

I do really well in school, but people get mad at me if I say anything about it. I don’t want to make people feel bad, but I’m also proud of my work. Have you ever faced this? If so, what did you do about it?