WOMEN IN ENGINEERING SAHAR GHASEMI, PE
"Engineering will empower you to use these talents of yours and touch every corner of people’s daily life and create a better world for them. You can do whatever you want; Female engineers have gone to other planets. So, even the sky is not your limit anymore."
How or why did you choose engineering as a career path or area of study?
I was interested in math and calculation since I was a little girl. My dad was an engineer and he encouraged me a lot. I knew I was going to be an engineer when I was in high school.
What inspires you about engineering?
I love solving problems, especially in math. In this career, you can use your talent and creativity to solve so many day-to-day problems and make others’ lives easier. It is an amazing feeling to have a positive impact on people’s lives.
What challenges do women face in the Engineering profession or academia?
Like many other careers, life-work balance is one of the biggest challenges a woman might face in engineering. Also, traditionally math and engineering were male areas of study. This background sometimes discourages women to pursue engineering as their future career or results in discrimination against female engineers in many workplaces. Thankfully, I have not experienced that at Dannenbaum Engineering. I am treated as an equal.
What would you say to girls in school or college who may be considering Engineering as a career choice or study option?
I would say if you had a passion for math, problem-solving, and creativity, engineering will empower you to use these talents of yours and touch every corner of people’s daily life and create a better world for them. You can do whatever you want; Female engineers have gone to other planets. So, even the sky is not your limit anymore.
What are your hopes for the future of Engineering?
I hope more girls will be encouraged more every day to pursue engineering as their profession despite all differences, discriminations, and other challenges.