September 8, 2007Her job: Nitsch Engineering
Where did you go to school and what degree(s) do you have?
B.A.Sc. in civil engineering, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada; M.S. in civil engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois.
What do you like best about being an engineer?
I like analyzing problems and contributing to solutions. It's a great feeling when something you designed on a computer screen is actually built, and you know it will stay around for a long time.
Which of your career accomplishments are you proudest of?
I worked on the National Palace Museum in Chiayi, Taiwan. The region has huge amounts of rainfall during the summer monsoon and drought the rest of the year. Our design included two artificial lakes. We had to manage rainfall to prevent flooding during the rainy season and to avoid having the lakes dry up during the rest of the year.
What advice would you give to a young woman considering a career in engineering?
Go for it! Research different areas to find what you like. Learn about programs and classes that will help prepare you. Being an engineer will open a lot of doors for you.