Khadijah Latiff

Khadijah Latiff

Electrical Engineer
Greeley and Hansen
Chicago, IL
Khadijah Latiff
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Received BS in Electrical Engineering from University of Illinois Urbana Champaign. Loves math and physics. Currently working for an environmental engineering services company in Chicago designing power distribution systems and conducting power systems analysis.

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Answers by Khadijah Latiff

Hi Vishal,

I hope my answer can help. I do not work for the auto sector but I have a few friends who work for Fiat and Continental Auto. My friends have degrees in Mechanical Engineering and in college joined the Society for Automotive Engineering. The auto industry frequently hires students with mechanical engineering degrees and also electrical engineering degrees. If you have interest in the auto industry, I suggest you check out SAE if there are any chapters near you.

Good luck!

Cassidy 1. Mechanical and Electrical work with renewable energy. energy is power, power is generated either chemically (petroleum, natural gas), mechanically (wind, hydro), or by radiation (nuclear, solar). If you are interested in renewable energy generation such as wind, or solar, you should look into electrical or mechanical engineering. 3. Working in a male dominated field is difficult sometimes but it gets better the longer you stick with it and show them. My male coworkers treat me no differently.

Hi Michelle, I work for an environmental engineering company (yes, we work on mostly water and wastewater treatment facilities). We are involved in several green/sustainable design projects as well, but these initiatives are mostly carried out by architects and mechanical engineers. The current standards of 'green' buildings mostly revolves around energy usage and reducing carbon footprint. This is frequently achieved by selecting efficient lighting or lighting controls (see electrical engineer or lighting architects), reducing heat usage and efficient HVAC management (see mechanical engineers), installing photovoltaics (electrical), green roof and landscape (architects). When you hear 'environmental engineer' perhaps you're thinking 'green and sustainable design' but the environmental engineers are instrumental in protecting the environment from harmful and toxic substances that we put back into nature. That is why water treatment is so important. Designing a green and sustainable water treatment facility is actually very difficult because these facilities actually use up a lot of energy in critical process!!! The primary goal is to produce clean water, while energy reduction is secondary.

Hi Jenny! I don't know much about cheerleading... or what cheerleading entails in adulthood. I'm an electrical engineer and a salsa dancer. I am fortunate enough to live in a big city with a vibrant salsa dancing scene. I have performed and participated in competitions and have no problem keeping up with dancing alongside engineering. In fact, I know at least 3 other engineers who are actively performing and training at our studio. So it should not be a problem to keep up with the cheering unless it requires extensive periods of travel or conflicting with work schedule.

Hi Anna,
There are many different kinds of engineers and while it is a male dominant industry, there is a lot of opportunity and challenges for women.

When I was your age, I wanted to become a civil/environmental engineer, and somebody told me the same thing: That it is a man's world and nobody would hire women in Civil engineering because there is a lot of field and construction work.

Fast forward to this day, I chose to study Electrical Engineering, and I find myself working at a Civil/Environmental engineering firm designing their power systems!!! Sometimes I have to do field work and visit construction sites and I don't mind getting dirty, but 90% of the time I work from an office.

Actually there are more female civil engineers than electrical or computer engineers. Explore what you like, and there are many types of engineering. Like Erica said, as long as you know your stuff and confident, you don't have to feel intimidated.