Sarah Sarnecki

Sarah Sarnecki

Title
Engineer I
Organization
General Dynamics NASSCO
Location
CA, United States
Sarah Sarnecki
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Biography
Hey there! My name is Sarah. I was born and raised an engineer in San Diego, California! My dad began trying to teach me basic algebra before I knew how to divide. I remember him trying to explain simple equations like 2x=4 when i was too young to understand. A few years later, I went back to him and asked him about those problems he used to ask me to solve. I've loved math ever since! I soon learned to love physics as well, and from there an engineer was born! I now have a bachelors in mechanical engineering and work for General Dynamics NASSCO as an engineer! I love problem solving and getting my hands dirty! I work with ships, but I love cars and hope to get into the aerospace industry someday!
  • I am willing to be contacted by educators for possible speaking engagements in schools or in after school programs or summer camps.
  • I am willing to serve as a sponsor or coach for an engineering club or team.
  • I am willing to serve as science fair judge or other temporary volunteer at a local school.
  • I am willing to be interviewed by interested students via email.
Answers by Sarah Sarnecki

Hello Mattie!

I'm currently working in the Initial Design and Naval Architecture department of a major ship building company. I just finished up the support arrangement for a tanker we're about to build. It was quite the project. I had to take the weight of the ship and distribute it over the blocks that they build the ship on top of. I had to make sure the blocks could support the weight and I also had to look at the concrete slab underneath and make sure it doesn't crack. I'm really excited to see the ship built because I can look at it and the supports holding it up and say, "I designed that!"

My favorite project however is the structural testing I've been doing. I really like testing because it's a bit more hands on than our typical work. I get to write the test procedure and plan how we will preform the test. I have to design the test specimens. Then I get to be there while we do the tests. I collect the data and then get to take it back to the office and compare it to my predictions. It's really fun and I learn a lot!

Bo -

Thank you for the questions!

I was actually pleasantly surprised when I started my job. Not only at the number of women, but the number of young people in general. Almost half of my department is made up of women! This isn't true of the entire office however.

Good question. Personally, it has not been an issue for me. My best friends through high school were guys. It was like growing up with four older brothers. I learned to work with the guys I went to college with. They always respected me and had my back. While I haven't been working for very long, I haven't experienced any discrimination as a women engineer. All the women in the office are treated with respect and as equals.

It's important to remember that men and women are both equally capable. We think very differently, but I believe with this difference comes power.

- Sarah