1. What made you want to go into the field of engineering?
When I was trying to decide what to study in college, nothing really stuck out to me as being something I loved. So, since my dad had studied aerospace engineering during his years at UA, he suggested I look into an engineering major. I picked mechanical engineering because it was the most broad option and kept my options open for the future. I enjoyed it my freshman year and since I’m the type of girl that loves a challenge, I stuck with it and graduated with my B.S. in Mechanical Engineering.
2. What do you love about it?
I have always seen engineers as the innovators of our world. Engineers are responsible for so many things that we interact with in our daily lives and since learning the work that is behind all of it, I have a new appreciation for all of the designs around me. I love that I can be innovative and learned the tools to create new things that have the chance to change the world. That’s my favorite part of engineering.
3. Were there many women studying in your collegiate program?
Women were definitely the minority in the engineering majors. I don’t think this was due to people discouraging women from studying engineering, I just think less women were interested in it or maybe intimidated by it. I am proud to be one of the women that graduated in this field and I encourage other women to challenge themselves and take on different majors they might be interested in.
4. Did you face any challenges during school?
Of course. In engineering, I’ve always said that you don’t have to be smarter than everyone else to succeed, you just have to be disciplined enough to dedicate the time you need to learn the material. The biggest challenge for me was time management. Balancing school, my business The Artemis Company, and a part time job was a lot, but I managed to pull it all off.
5. What were the most important lessons you took away from this educational phase of your career?
I learned that sometimes, you have to sacrifice some small things in the short term, in order to reap the big benefits in the long run. Something isn’t worth anything if it’s so easily achieved.