Adriana Garcia

Adriana Garcia

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AG Consultink
Location
San Diego, Venezuela
Adriana Garcia
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Biography
My name is Adriana Garcia, and my profession is Electrical Engineer, Power Systems .. I graduated 20 years ago in Venezuela, and since then I have worked in Distribution Systems of Electric Power. I have two daughters, and when they were small, I worked as a university instructor (Physics and Electrical Networks) and I did a Master in Management and a Masters in Electrical Engineering. Today, I work on my own as a consultant for electric power quality. Study and work has been somewhat easy for me, compared to how hard it has been to learn to find balance and harmony between my professional life and my personal life. In my country, it is not common for women to study electrical engineering, there is discrimination towards women in homes, schools and jobs, so there are many external and internal cultural barriers to overcome. When I found this group, I felt happy to know that there are many women like me, and I felt happy to read their stories. In the future I would like to live and work in a country with fewer cultural barriers to women. However, I am aware that the main barrier is internal, so I would also like to help other women overcome their internal obstacles and give them tools to achieve their goals in life.
Education
Academic Background • Master of Electrical Engineering, UC (2006 - 2011) • Master of Management and Information Technology, UJAP (2002-2005) • Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering with a Concentraion in Power Systems IUPFAN (1990-1994)
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Answers by Electrical Engineer Adriana Garcia

I chose to be an engineer because I wanted to be financially independent of my parents when I was 15 years old. Then I chose electrical engineering because I was good at math and physics. That was a challenge then.

Years later, I have a lot of experience, I graduated 22 years ago, and I think I could not have studied other profession that was not electrical engineering.

The best part is that my work is still a daily challenge, and I still have many things to learn in my career and life 

Hi Emily, I would suggest, make several short professional practices in the areas of your interest, in order to be able to choose the one with which you identify yourself. Then you can try to specialize in that area, you can attend specialized conferences and interact with other engineers.

Good Luck

Adriana.

Hello friend. I  asked to myself  the same question as you, many years ago. Then I learned that studying calculus and mathematics (I studied, five courses of mathematics and four physical) allows you to prepare your attitude for the resolution of complex problems. In my view, it is a kind of prior training, as the athlete begins training with jogging or the singer performs exercises to prepare her voice.

Secondly, there is sometimes specific knowledge not offered at the university that you will need when you're at work.  You may need to get a book and learn it yourself.  Sometimes that knowledge is based on physics or math, and if you don't have a base it will prove difficult to handle and understand.

Finally, engineering has many branches.  So for example the area of maintenance is very operational and may not require math every day, but if you are working in academics and research you will probably need to use mathematics and physics regularly.  In this sense I think it is necessary and indispensable to academic training for engineering.

In closing, particularly in my work, I do quality measurements of electric energy. I use measurement equipment that analyzes electrical current waveforms and voltage.  The analysis uses computers and requires comprehensive and complex calculations.  Although I use the computers and don't generally calculate myself, as an engineer I must know the process. I also used calculus many years after graduation, during my graduate studies.

I hope I have been helpful to your concerns