ASLI ÖZKARA
MSc. ASLI ÖZKARA
Project Manager, Siemens
Turkey

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Biography
I'm a 32-year-old engineer who wants to inspire young women to discover what they really want. I completed my Bachalor's degree at Electrical Engineer Major, Istanbul Technical University and Master's degree at the same school and at the same major. Now it has been 7.5 years of experience in total, 4 years of Sales and 2.5 years of Project Management in the Energy Sector. You can ask me what ever you want about everything. I always wanted to be an architect until I was told it paid less. When I was in senior year in high school what I wanted most was to be an industrial designer. I got this idea from the elder ones who said that I would be paid well while designing. With the test I took (here in Turkey it is a must), I won an electrical engineering major. When I look at what I was dreaming and what I became now, it looks strange. I really feel sorry that I had no one who could have inspired and guided me respecting what I really wanted and my skills. Instead, I had closed-minded unhappy men who wished for more respect and money at their own jobs or people who measure success with the school name or your major. That's why, now I want to inspire young women to be aware of themselves and follow their dreams by combining their skills. On April 17th, I'll make a speech in Istanbul Technical University where I graduated to the Women in Engineering initiative of IEEE. I hope I'd inspire them as Debbie Sterling did her audience in the TEDx event. I'm really happy to be part of this community. Don't forget to have fun :)
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Education
Istanbul Technical University, M.Sc. Engineering 2009 Istanbul Technical University, B.S. Engineering 2005
Volunteer Opportunities
  • I am willing to be contacted by educators for possible speaking engagements in schools or in after school programs or summer camps.
  • I am willing to serve as a sponsor or coach for an engineering club or team.
  • I am willing to host a field trip to my place of employment.
Latest Questions
  • Valia asked ASLI ÖZKARA, Siemens

    Added Friday, May 22, 2015 at 4:07 PM

    Hello! I am going to be a senior high student next year here in Greece and until some days ago, I hadn't realized that what I want to become is an engineer. It become clear to me I when I remember myself when I was a little girl playing with legos and puzzles and enjoying all this making-something-or-building-or-putting-things-together-thing. So I started searching about the schools here in Greece and the different kind of engineering careers. The two of them I got interested the most is the ...
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  • Eleni, NATIONAL TV/ATHENS asked ASLI ÖZKARA, Siemens

    Added Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 7:56 AM

    Hello, I was searching for the possible jobs that a woman engineer can do and I saw this magnificent site. To be frank, I am an electrical engineer with master in renewable energy. But unfortunately, I am lacking of the amazing feeling of happiness. I cannot find my motivation and my strong advantages among others and I am not limited this for engineers only. I am working as an electrical engineer in a department that ensures the proper maintenance of the electromechanical equipment. I ...
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    ASLI ÖZKARA, Siemens
    Answered Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 7:56 AM
    Dear Eleni,
    I've read your question very carefully.
    You are such a clever and brilliant girl considering your education, goals and social life. Your loves, goals, and wishes make you who you are. Your education and your job shows how hardworking you ...
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  • Prachi, Pune, India asked ASLI ÖZKARA, Siemens

    Added Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 11:16 AM

    Hey! I just passed 2th std. and now I have decided to do engineering. I am going to take up Electrical or Instrumentation engineering. But my question is that, which one would be a better choice? I'm interested in topics like electrostatics, magnetism etc. But i also like instruments. Can you tell me which one has better scope and which one get me a good job? I will do Masters (M.Tech) in it after i graduate! If I do masters, den is it sure that I will get a job with an awesome salary?! and one ...
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    ASLI ÖZKARA, Siemens
    Answered Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 11:16 AM
    Hi Prachi,
    I'm glad to see a young woman who prefers to become an engineer.
    I do not believe that a major can find people a (better) job.
    People themselves can seek for opportunities and success.
    Let me give you some ideas what can you do after ...
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