Cheeta Soga
Cheeta Soga
Consultant, Nitsch Engineering
Boston, MA

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  • Where did you go to school and what degree(s) do you have?
    B.A.Sc. in civil engineering, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada; M.S. in civil engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois.
  • What do you like best about being an engineer?
    I like analyzing problems and contributing to solutions. It's a great feeling when something you designed on a computer screen is actually built, and you know it will stay around for a long time.
  • Which of your career accomplishments are you proudest of?
    I worked on the National Palace Museum in Chiayi, Taiwan. The region has huge amounts of rainfall during the summer monsoon and drought the rest of the year. Our design included two artificial lakes. We had to manage rainfall to prevent flooding during the rainy season and to avoid having the lakes dry up during the rest of the year.
  • What advice would you give to a young woman considering a career in engineering?
    Go for it! Research different areas to find what you like. Learn about programs and classes that will help prepare you. Being an engineer will open a lot of doors for you.
  • Any other stories or comments you would like to share with EngineerGirl visitors?
    Go for it! Research different areas to find what you like. Learn about programs and classes that will help prepare you. Being an engineer will open a lot of doors for you.
Biography
Cheeta designs "green" building projects - those that lessen the impact of humans on the environment. Much of her work focuses on protecting and recycling water resources. For example, she figures out how to reuse rainwater to save on tap water usage, and how to treat and filter rainwater naturally, by using different types of soil and native plants. Favorite project: "I worked on the National Palace Museum in Chiayi, Taiwan. The region has huge amounts of rainfall during the summer monsoon and drought the rest of the year. Our design included two artificial lakes. We had to manage rainfall to prevent flooding during the rainy season and to avoid having the lakes dry up during the rest of the year." What got her interested: Cheeta liked math, science, and learning about the environment, but she didn't know what engineering was until she entered college. Her sister thought she would love the field because engineers get to tackle practical problems. Engineering and travel: Her work has also taken her to numerous states, including Hawaii. And, on her own, she has backpacked throughout Asia and Southeast Asia. Where she's from: Cheeta grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Education: B.A.Sc. in civil engineering, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada; M.S. in civil engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois. Hobbies: She loves softball, volleyball, golf, and ice hockey, and she enjoys baking for friends and family.
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Volunteer Opportunities
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Latest Questions
  • Erica, Canada

    Added Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 9:33 AM

    I am in High School and have started looking at my options. I enjoy building things and reading. As well, I was hoping I could some how help people (though biology and such somewhat grosses me out - no offense to anyone). I've always loved helping/working w/kids but I'm not sure how I could fit that in. I think Civil Engineering would be a great job but the problem is that I'm worried about Physics. Usually, I'm a good student but when it comes to this I worry a lot no matter how hard I ...
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    Cheeta Soga, Nitsch Engineering
    Answered Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 9:33 AM
    Hi Erica! Nice to see an email from a fellow Canadian. As an Engineer, you always have the opportunity to get involved in Engineering outreach. I mentor high school students in an annual model bridge contest that is organized by the local chapter of ...Read More
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