Yvette Gengler
Yvette Sylvia Gengler
Senior Geological Engineer, Independent Mining Consultants, Inc.
Tucson, AZ

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  • Describe what you do in your current work situation.
    Geological Studies involving resource estimation, reserve verification for base metal, precious metal and industrial mineral projects and mining operations. Some other work that I do is QA/QC of minerals data bases, this involves geostatistics and 3D modeling of ore deposits. IMC works worldwide with about 70% of our clients having projects internationally. Most of my work in done in Tucson, Arizona but sometimes travel is required.
  • Why did you choose engineering?
    I chose geological engineering because I wanted a job that would allow me to be outside and be able to travel internationally and domestically. I wanted a career that involved both manual and computer skills.
  • Where did you go to school and what degree(s) do you have?
    University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona, Bachelors Degree of Science in Geological Engineering.
  • What kinds of activities have typically been part of your work?
    My work has varied over the years. Early on I traveled frequently to Indonesia and Mexico to review 3D block models of ore deposits and do assay laboratory audits. Now most of my work is assay data base QA/QC checking. I also do marketing for my company which allows me to attend professional conferences and conventions in the US and Canada.
  • What do you like best about being an engineer?
    I like being able to visit the mine sites to see how the work I do on the computer in my office is actually put into operation.
  • Which of your career accomplishments are you proudest of?
    My biggest accomplishment was being one of the first women to work at the world’s largest copper and gold mine in Indonesia. The work force at the mine at the time was nearly 100% male and Muslim; women are viewed very differently in other cultures. I had to work hard to be respected professionally as a female engineer.
  • What challenges have you met and conquered in your pursuit of an engineering career?
    The biggest challenge was being a female engineer in a male dominated work place. When I was at university there were only 2 women in a graduating class of 20. During some of my first jobs I was not taken seriously and had to prove to the clients that I was technically proficient.
  • Please tell us a little about your family.
    My father is a Civil Engineer (also from the University of Arizona) when he worked in Chile he met my mother who was a school teacher at a remote mine in the Atacama Desert. My sister (also an engineer) and I had the best opportunity of being able to go to school in Chile and in the USA. We would live in Chile for extended periods so that we were able to become truly bi-lingual. When we would return to Arizona we carried our Chilean heritage and Spanish speaking skills with us. I am married and have two children; my daughter is also a graduate of the University of Arizona and my son is in high school.
  • What are your short-term (1-2 years) and long-term (10+ years) goals?
    My short term goals are to help my company be better recognized on the Internet and on social media. I believe that this is the way future clients and younger engineers will look for mining consultants. Long term goal for me is to train my replacement so I can retire knowing that the young engineers in my company will have the same work ethic as us experienced folks.
  • What (or who) had/has the greatest influence on your life choices?
    My parents have been the greatest influence in my life. They told me anything is possible and with education, dedication and hard work. I saw how they were dedicated to each other and how they lived frugally to be able to send their daughters to University.
  • What advice would you give to a young woman considering a career in engineering?
    I would encourage any young woman to consider not just engineering but any STEM field as a career. The work is hard initially but the rewards are fabulous!
  • Any other stories or comments you would like to share with EngineerGirl visitors?
    My biggest accomplishment was being one of the first women to work at the world’s largest copper and gold mine in Indonesia.
  • Describe something about your life outside of work: your hobbies, or perhaps a favorite book.
    I exercise during my lunch hour and was finally able to complete a mini-triathlon with my 2 children. We now do family 5k runs. My favorite book is: 1421, The Year China Discovered America, by Gavin Menzies
Biography
Sylvia Yvette Gengler is the Senior Geological Engineer for Independent Mining Consultants, Inc. (IMC). Originally from Bisbee, Arizona, Yvette grew up dividing her time between the United States and her mother’s native Chile. As a young adult, Yvette attended Bisbee High School and when the mines closed in Bisbee her family moved to Safford, Arizona. There she graduated at the top of her class from Safford High School. Her experience in traveling throughout Chile, coupled with her father’s successful engineering career inspired her to study engineering. She attended the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona (also her father’s Alma Mater) where she received a B.S. in Geological Engineering in 1983. Her current role as Senior Geological Engineer in Tucson, Arizona is a perfect fit. Drawing on experience with engineering problem solving, leadership, interpersonal skills, and a love of data, she can be found as an ambassador for IMC at most mining engineering trade shows and conventions in the United States and Canada. Yvette and her husband, Matthew Gengler, have two children, Devan, 23 and John, 16. Together they enjoy traveling, camping, and family triathlons. Her greatest joys come from being a mother and volunteering at the school her children attend. Her father once told her, “It is not a mistake until it leaves the office. Check your work not only once, but twice and you will succeed”. These are words she remembers well, as she is still employed by IMC 33 years later.
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Education
Bachelor of Science, Geological Engineering University of Arizona Tucson, Arizona
Volunteer Opportunities
  • I am willing to serve as science fair judge or other temporary volunteer at a local school.
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  • Tyler, Central Christian School, St. Louis, MO asked Yvette Gengler, Independent Mining Consultants, Inc.

    Added Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at 1:06 PM

    Dear Ms. Gengler, I am a fourth grade student from St. Louis. I would wish to ask you a few questions. What projects have you been working on? Is your job easy or dangerous? I'm so into geological engineers! Thank you for reading my letter and please respond. Thank you. Sincerely, Tyler
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    Added Monday, March 28, 2016 at 8:34 AM

    Would learning a foreign language make a significant impact on the number of opportunities for an engineer in a corporate or manufacturing setting? Do many engineers travel abroad where a foreign language would be necessary or is that less common than not?
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    Yvette Gengler, Independent Mining Consultants, Inc.
    Answered Monday, March 28, 2016 at 8:34 AM
    Learning a second language is one of the MOST important things you can do to advance your career.  I have been able to travel to many Latin countries because I speak Spanish.  My boss only speaks English and whenever we get a job in Central America or ...
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