Please tell us a little about your family.
I have a wonderful husband, two grown sons and daughter-in-laws, two grandsons, and three cats.
What are your short-term (1-2 years) and long-term (10+ years) goals?
Short-term, I want to incorporate more of my skills into my computer graphics work, adding algorithms based on math, artificial intelligence, systems design…
Long-term is more difficult to predict. I could continue along the same path, or consider down-sizing or “retirement”. I wouldn’t mind combining my engineering skills more with my artistic side; being involved with computer graphics for flight simulators is a good start. When I do get to “retirement”, I might do more painting, or fabric and clothing design, that is, indulge and further develop my artistic side.
Describe something about your life outside of work: your hobbies, or perhaps a favorite book or inspirational quote.
For about 15 years, my hobby was being in a local music band. Another woman and I sang the leads and harmonies to most of the songs, and the guys played guitar, bass and drums and do some singing too. That was a very fun hobby, even though we are not even close to being famous.
I am now more into water color painting; I can take it with me when I travel or when we go boating on the week-ends.
One favorite quote would be “This is the day that the Lord hath made; let us rejoice and be glad in it”. This is what we said each morning in grade school, and I like the attitude expressed to begin each day with appreciation and optimism.
What advice would you give to a young woman considering a career in engineering?
Study hard; this is a challenging career, which is why it pays well and is in demand. This allows you to achieve other goals (dream home, nice clothes) and be self-sufficient. Taking on a challenge and succeeding is very satisfying.
Don’t sell out; be your own self. It’s time for women to redefine being an engineer; it’s not just for nerds!
- I am willing to be contacted about potential job shadowing by interested students.
- I am willing to be interviewed by interested students via email.