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Engineering STEMforGIRLS Role Models
Renewable Energy Engineer-In-Training
- Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical), Memorial University of Newfoundland
I love that the work I do helps other people! I first chose engineering because I was good at, and loved, math and science. The further I got into my program, I realized that I could combine this with my love of helping others, and get a job that is science and math focused that does good for other people.
Throughout my Engineering degree, I had the opportunity to chat with a professor in the Business Faculty about Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. One of the most interesting things she told me is this: having a more diverse workforce is not just because it's the right thing to do, it's also the best business decision. Having a more diverse group of employees ensures that more perspectives are considered, resulting in a better solution for all. Having more women in STEM and Skilled Trades will help ensure that the unique experiences we face can be incorporated into the work we do!
My first job was working part-time at Jack Astor's as a hostess while I was in high school. While it seems to be extremely unrelated to what I do now, it has really helped me. I learned how to work in a fast-paced environment and to handle multiple tasks at once. I also developed really strong communication skills, which has served me well in my career!
Absolutely! Currently, my job focuses on developing renewable energy systems (like wind turbines, solar panels, industrial batteries, etc.) in the North. We partner with Indigenous companies and communities to help reduce their reliance on diesel for their electricity and heat generation. This helps empower these remote communities by giving them more reliable energy, investing in their local businesses, and providing community members with job opportunities! If that's not enough, the systems we develop reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions in the air, which is helping tackle the climate crisis.
In my spare time I like to go to the gym, read, and play with my two dogs. I also love to ski in the winter, and I love travelling. Fun fact: visiting all 7 continents is at the top of my bucket list (so far I've been to North America, Europe, and Asia)!