Women in Engineering Interview Series

The Women in Engineering Interview Series features interviews with women engineers in all phases of their careers. From newly-graduated engineers to mid-career working moms – these interviews are designed to help tell each woman’s story. Interview topics include how and when they decided to become an engineer, engineering school and internships, career path, engineering successes and challenges, work/life balance, and advice.

These stories bring encouragement to moms who are engineers – there are days when it’s so hard to balance career and family. These stories show we are not alone in our struggles – we are all in this together, doing the best we can, and we are enough.

The interviews are also meant to inspire the next generation of girls to want to be engineers. Engineering is a rewarding and lucrative career path for women with lots of unique opportunities as described in the interviews below.

Women in Engineering Interview Series – Jessica P.

The Women in Engineering Interview Series is back with a great new interview! Jessica is a newly graduated Structural Engineer in Training (EIT). She brings an interesting early career perspective to the interview series. She already has great job experience through internships and in her 1.5...

Women in Engineering Interview Series – Karen W.

In today’s interview I’m introducing you to my former colleague, Karen. She’s currently a Water Management Supervisor for Permian basin, but she has worked many roles over the years, including most recently working as Staff Completions Engineer before moving to her new role. I met and worked with...

Women in Engineering Interview Series – Katherine N.

Today I'm proud to introduce you to Katherine, a civil engineer and blogger. She is one of the many new young faces of woman in engineering and the girl behind the blog Woman Engineer. She sent me an email about my blog at the beginning of this year, and we've continued to stay in touch ever...

Women in Engineering Interview Series – Dr. Ashie B.

Recently, I was lucky enough to connect with Ashie through my blog. Getting to connect to like-minded people who I never would have met otherwise, like Ashie, is one of the reasons I love blogging so much. Dr. Ashie is a PhD Engineer who has had a career spanning from biotech and renewable energy...

Women in Engineering Interview Series – Jessica S.

My first engineering job in oil and gas was at a field office in the small town of Farmington, NM. My husband and I were a little nervous to move to a small town, but we found settling in surprisingly easy because our office was actively hiring lots of early career engineers as it was ramping up...

Women in Engineering Interview Series – Sarah K.

This month for our Women in Engineering Interview Series I’m featuring Sarah, a Production Excellence Advisor. I met her while I was living and working in Brisbane, Australia. Her husband and I worked together as reservoir engineers and she and my husband worked together as production engineers. I...

Women in Engineering Interview Series – Christy S.

I’ve been blogging here on Engineering Emily for two years now, and recently started to realize that I was working in my own little bubble. I knew I wasn’t the only blog for women engineers and teaching kids about STEM, and I decided it is time to start connecting to my fellow bloggers. I wanted...

Women in Engineering Interview Series – Alicia S.

Engineering school in college is tough. Anyone who has been through it understands the long days and nights, the hard work, the stress, the never ending homework, the failed tests, and the pride of passing. You can’t do it alone and I was lucky to be in college with several amazing people who have...

Women in Engineering Interview Series – Jeanet S.

Have you ever met someone and thought to yourself, “That person is cool. I want to know her and/or be just like her”? That’s how I felt the first time I met Jeanet. I met her while working in Australia, and at the time she had two young children and was working full-time as a production...

Women in Engineering Interview Series – Laura C.

I love how the Engineering Emily Women in Engineering Interview Series has enabled me to reach out to many friends and former colleagues who I’ve lost touch with over the years, and I’ve been able to meet new woman engineers, too. I love reading and sharing these interviews because I can always...

Women in Engineering Interview Series – Diane L.

I’ve been lucky enough to have a few awesome female engineering mentors over the course of my career. With so few women in engineering, looking back I find it pretty amazing that I’ve had a woman mentor for at least half of engineering roles. When I moved from the small oil and gas town of...

Women in Engineering Interview Series – Elsa L.

When I was 27 years old my husband and I took an adventure by accepting engineering jobs in Australia. It was exciting to move across the world and learn about a new culture and travel while we were still young and child-less. While in Australia we met some amazing people from all over the world...

Guest Post – Interview with GoodTime Female Engineer

I love sharing interviews with women engineers here on the blog. I think these stories brings to life what it's really like to be a female engineer. It shows aspiring and current female engineers we're here, we're real, we're doing it, and we're great at it! When I was contacted by Cheryl Ng of...

Interview Series – Ameli P. C.

Today I’m happy to bring you another interview for the Engineering Emily Interview Series. This week’s interview is with a chemical engineer and mom, Ameli Pereira-Cota. EE: How and when did you decide to become an engineer? APC: Well this is a long story, but I’ll try to make it short. It started...

Interview Series – Joanne R. Z.

I have another great interview with a successful woman engineer to share with you today. I hope these stories I have shared in the Engineering Emily Interview Series have been as interesting and inspiring for you to read as they have been for me. It makes me feel like I am not alone - we’ve all...

Interview Series – Florence D.

I am so impressed with the women who have volunteered to be interviewed so far for the Engineering Emily Interview Series. These women have shared their honest stories on the hard work and dedication it takes to become an engineer. But once they have become an engineer they have gone on to great...

Interview Series – Gracelin O.

Today I am proud to bring you the fourth interview for the Engineering Emily Interview Series. There are so many talented female engineers out there with stories to share (could the next story be about you?), and today I’m excited to share mechanical engineer Gracelin Opina’s story with you. EE:...

Interview Series – Mi K.

I am so happy the Engineering Emily Interview Series has generated so much interest. I’ve had new readers come to the blog to read these interviews and I’ve also received lost of interest from women wanting to share their stories here. Hopefully we’re achieving our goal of inspiring other women to...

Interview Series – Rita

Thank you for your support of the Engineering Emily Interview Series featuring interviews with inspiring women in STEM. The series kicked off with an interview with mechanical engineer Paula last week. This week, I’m pleased to introduce you to civil engineer Rita Encarnacion-Malixi. EE: How and...

Interview Series – Paula D.

Welcome to the new Engineering Emily Interview Series! In this series, I will feature interviews with inspiring women on the blog so you can read about many engineering stories besides my own. We all choose science and engineering fields for different reasons and have had different journeys along...
EE: What has been your best experience as an engineer?

FD: Owning my software company. Nothing can replace the confidence and pride I have gained from being the responsible party in charge. It’s always nice to have someone above you to make the final call on a decision. However my work standard, my diligence, my creativity, and my overall effort are so much higher when the final decision for everything we do rests with me.

Read the full interview here Florence

Software company owner

EE: Do you have a family? How do you balance career and family?

APC: Yes, I do have a family. It is very hard to balance everything, but somehow it seems to be working out. I workout early in the morning, then get things ready for the day and my husband usually takes the kids to school/day care, I go to work until 4:30pm, pick-up the kids, and make dinner. If they have activities my husband usually takes them while I clean the house. I usually take a few hours on the weekends to cook for the week and sometimes hire a person to come and clean the house. My mom is now living with me (for the last few months) and she does most of the house work which is amazing!!! In summary, having a family and a career is hard work, is actually the hardest thing I have ever done, but is worth it. Wouldn’t change a bit of it. 

Read the full interview here Ameli

Chemical Engineer

EE: What advice do you have for someone interested in engineering/working moms?

PD: Engineering is one of the best degrees for a woman. Times are changing and encouraging and supportive of women. I have never regretted my decision and am so grateful for the independence and freedom it has provided for me.

You absolutely do not have to be a genius to go into the engineering field. It takes hard work and commitment  – and those life skills you learn in college as a student will serve you for the rest of your life.

Read the full interview here Paula

Engineering and Scientific Consulting

EE: What has been your career path from graduation up to today?

REM: I have been fortunate to have full-time employment since graduation. I have been with my company for almost 9 years and am a stockholder. I began in the Estimating department and have had the opportunity to work on projects as a structures field engineer, environmental manager, quality control manager, procurement manager, and civil superintendent.

Read the full interview here Rita

Civil Engineer

Women Engineers wanted!

Would you like to join these ladies and share your story about being a woman engineer on the blog? You can inspire a whole new generation of girls to become engineers. You also can help other female engineers feel a sense of community because we are all sharing the same struggles and successes in our education and careers. What are you waiting for? Share your story today!

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