What inspired you to enter and pursue this field?
A keen interest in understanding how things work combined with a love of science and (eventually) math. Thank you, Popular Mechanics for Kids.
How did you come to be in this position?
In University, I pursued a BASc in Chemical Engineering with a Management and Entrepreneurship Option. My goal was to work in manufacturing, and I wanted exposure to the business side of the operation. Through the university's co-op program and my personal LinkedIn connections, I started working as a student for the company that would become my full-time employer. The relationships I made as a student allowed me to build a reputation that would lead me to my current role.
What advice would you give young women looking to enter your current line of work?
Do not be afraid to take on new opportunities. Diving is can be the best way to grow your technical skills and create future opportunities. No one expects you to have all the answers, but to be able to seek out the answers and have the confidence ask for help when needed.
In my experience in process engineering, emotional intelligence and "soft skills" are what will set you apart in the workplace. As women, I believe we have an innate advantage in these areas.
If you have any inclination to work in industry, choose an internship or co-op option if it is available to you. These programs allow you to meet people and make connections in your field of interest. It's also a great way to identify the right (or wrong) fit for your future career or careers.