February 23, 2009Her job: Senior Business Consultant, ANSER
Describe what you do in your current work situation?
I currently support my company in providing organizational and program management solutions to the Office of the Special Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Chemical and Biological and Demilitarization Programs.
Why did you choose engineering?
I chose engineering due to my love of science and biology and my desire to understand how things work.
Where did you go to school and what degree(s) do you have?
I went to school at the University of Kansas where I studied Chemical Engineering and Cellular Biology. I received my MBA from the University of Phoenix
What kinds of activities have typically been part of your work?
I provide program analysis and organizational and strategic solutions to aide the Chemical and Biological and Demilitarization Program in keeping our nation and our soldiers safe.
What do you like best about being an engineer?
I love the insight engineering gives to both social and scientific, complex problems.
Which of your career accomplishments are you proudest of?
I am proud to have served as a Logistics/Combat Maintenance and Munitions Officer in the United States Air Force.
What challenges have you met and conquered in your pursuit of an engineering career?
I had to work to pay for my schooling and it was exhausting at times. There were times I wanted to quit, but I didn't.
Please tell us a little about your family.
I have a mother and father that taught me that there was nothing I couldn't do with an education. I see them improve themselves everyday and I have two older sisters who are constantly challenging themselves to learn more to better understand the world around them and themselves. I never want to stop learning.
What are your short-term (1-2 years) and long-term (10+ years) goals?
I would like to save enough money to earn my PhD from MIT in Organizational Management or Systems Engineering. Long term, I would love to teach at the college level.
What (or who) had/has the greatest influence on your life choices?
My grandfather taught me to balance my head with my heart and to challenge both of them to learn exponentially. He was the smartest man I ever met...and barely made it out of highschool as he left early to fight in WWII as a Marine.
What advice would you give to a young woman considering a career in engineering?
Don't ever give up...education is the one thing no one can ever take away from you.
Describe something about your life outside of work: your hobbies, or perhaps a favorite book.
I love the outdoors and spending time with my dog. I also love the movies and reading books on physics. One of my favorite books is the Phantom Tollbooth.