Hi there, I'm Michi and I am a Mining Engineer. It's been a pretty wild ride and it's definitely not what I thought I wanted to do when I was younger but maybe that's just because I didn't know about it. Mining is amazing, it's global and dynamic. The best part of my job is that since I graduated in 2006 I have worked in lots of places all over the world...Nevada & Zacatecas, Mexico & Guatemala & Northern Territory, Australia. I've worked in open pit surface mines and underground. It's exciting to work with the big machinery on the surface (300 tonne trucks) and a really cool challenge to work underground. I went to the Colorado School of Mines knowing that engineering was my path. I loved science and math and the analytical and problem solving aspects of engineering drew me in right away. Once I took an intro to mining course I was hooked. All the theory I was learning had such real applications once I learned about mining. I loved the hands on aspect of working at site from the beginning. I even studied in Sweden for 6 months my Junior year and got to visit the very technologically advanced LKAB underground Iron mine in Kiruna. Mining is global and ever changing. My job as a medium term planner is dynamic and no week is exactly like another. I've worked at remote mines where you work a schedule (currently 8 days on and 6 days off) and I've worked at a residential mine where I was home every night and had long weekends once a month. Lots of flexibility and lots of opportunity in mining. I love science so much I usually spend 2 of my 6 days off volunteering at the local science museum in Perth, Scitech. I visited CERN when I was in Switzerland in October. Science and Math are all around us and there are so many opportunities to explore it through engineering. I love mining, but all engineering is full of possibilities and needs more women!
The winners of the 2017 EngineerGirl Essay Contest have been announced! NAE President C. D. Mote, Jr. said, "Students’ devotion to protecting endangered animals is always inspiring to me, and their doing so through engineering, which is about solving problems of people and society, is doubly so. Congratulations to the winners!" Check out the link below to read the wonderful essays.