Women in Engineering Interview Series

Engineering Emily’s 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 will bring encouragement to moms who are also engineers – there are days when it’s so hard to balance career and family. These stories prove you are not alone in your struggles – we are in this together and all doing the best we can.

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 – 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 Karen when we were both new to the oil and gas (O&G) industry when it was booming in the mid 2000’s. Although Karen was also new to O&G, she wasn’t new to engineering. She had worked as an...
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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 since. I’ve found her to be open, curious, ambitious and creative. I asked Katherine to do an interview for my blog because I wanted her early career perspective of what it’s like to be a...
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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 research to education and start-up. She founded StemChef last year to promote STEM education though cooking. She features experiments she has created in the kitchen with her daughter and it sounds so...
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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 it’s workforce. We ended up working with many young engineers (male and female) who we were able to form great bonds with. I remember that it rarely crossed my mind that I was a minority as a woman...
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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 enjoyed getting to know Sarah and her husband and we’ve been able to keep in touch, even meeting for dinner here in the States when they were in town traveling for work. One of my favorite things...
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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 to meet some other bloggers to expand my own network, but also to introduce my readers to more resources. When I opened my eyes, to look around for who else was blogging in this niche I realized I was...
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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 become life-long friends. One of my friends who helped me survive engineering school is Alicia. Our chemical engineering class was very small, so we formed a tight-knit group of friends because we...
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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 technologist with my husband. She seemed to have the work-hard/play-hard philosophy figured out and managed to balance her career and family. To me Jeanet seemed adventurous (traveling and working as an expat...
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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 relate to them, even if she’s had a different degree and career path than me. It’s been helpful for me to read these stories, to read about the successes and challenges each woman has faced being an...
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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 Farmington, NM to a huge coal seam gas to LNG mega project in Brisbane Australia, I also changed engineering disciplines from gas plant engineering to reservoir engineering. I had only 3 months of previous...
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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 and made life-long friendships with many of them. One of the people I met in Australia who I’ve been lucky enough to keep in touch with is Elsa. I remember meeting Elsa and being so impressed by her...
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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 GoodTime about sharing a post she wrote about her company’s sole female engineer, of course I was interested! Below is the post written by Cheryl with a link to her...
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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 in a small town in Venezuela around 1994, I was in grade 10. My mom and my dad both have a PhD in Chemistry. My mom was a professor in a University and my dad was a researcher in the oil and gas...
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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 had similar struggles, but we find the job rewarding and worth the hard work. Today’s interview is with Civil Engineer and new mom, Joanne Rumbaua (Zoleta). EE: How and when did you decide to...
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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 careers and even started families. It isn’t easy, and they have shared the ups and downs and great tips along the way. Today’s interview is no exception. I am proud to share the story of mechanical...
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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: How and when did you decide to become an engineer? GO: When you apply for colleges, you have to pick a major. I didn’t like the idea of picking “undeclared” then having to “switch...
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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 pursue engineering and encouraging women already working in engineering to stick with it. I’m always happy to get more stories to share, so please contact me (emily@engineeringemily.com) if you’d...
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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 when did you decide to become an engineer? REM: Both of my parents come from technical backgrounds – my dad is a civil engineer, my mom was a math teacher. They instilled in me a desire to solve...
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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 the way, and this series will show the many faces, names, paths and careers of women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields. I am honored to announce our first interviewee: Paula...
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I need YOU!

Since I first started this blog in January, I’ve slowly shared my journey in posts about my engineering career. I’ve written about how I choose to major in engineering, my college years, and my various job experiences that have led me to my current position. I’ve done this so you can read my journey and (hopefully) relate to the stories or be inspired by them. Maybe a high school girl who’s still unsure about choosing engineering will read my posts to help her decide engineering sounds...
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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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Civil Engineer

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