Why did you choose to work in engineering?
I work for MediSieve, a medical device company working on the development of a new and exciting technology called Magnetic Blood Filtration. The work we do encompasses biology, chemistry, physics and more, to ultimately, provide medical engineering solutions that have the potential to change patients’ lives. This gives me a sense of purpose and motivates me to do what I do.
What do you like most about working in engineering?
I really like analysing problems from different angles, to try to find a solution. For us as a company, this means looking at a given challenge from the physics of the material, the biocompatibility, how the blood will interact with it, whether the geometry of the object will affect the fluid dynamics, etc. I just love the multifaceted approach.
What achievement are you most proud of?
The team we have built. Together we have designed and developed a product that one day could be saving lives in every hospital in the world.
What would you say to someone considering a career in engineering?
I truly believe that it is key to pursue a career you are passionate about. Engineering has many faces and multiple paths will take you to the same destination. For example, our product development team includes members with backgrounds in chemistry, biology, immunology, physics, philosophy, mechanical engineering, etc. At the end of the day, engineering is about solving problems, not how you do it.
How has the diversity of the profession changed since you started working in engineering?
In the last couple of years, I have seen a positive shift with more women working in engineering related companies, and more importantly, the presence of women at the senior level has also increased. Nonetheless, there is still a long way to go as women continue to be underrepresented.
Has being a woman in engineering had an impact on your career, either positive or negative?
The career path I have followed stemmed from what I wanted to achieve and what I was passionate about. Stereotypes or what “I was meant to do” were simply not part of the equation. However, as a woman in engineering I do feel very passionate about the fact that women are underrepresented and hence it is even more important that our voices are heard.