We’re celebrating International Day of Women & Girls in Science by hearing advice from three women who pursued their passion in Engineering at The Lee Company.
The most exciting thing about my job is supporting cutting edge medical innovation. From PCR diagnostic testing to at-home kidney dialysis and beyond, our parts are behind the scenes saving lives daily. I love that in this role I work with customers in a wide range of market segments to understand their needs, then assist in translating those needs into off-the-shelf or custom engineered solutions.
I was always interested in how and why things operate, and I also wanted to be in the medical field. Biomedical Engineering helped me merge those two passions while an MBA led me to recognize how much I enjoy the relationship-building and strategy side of the technical world.
Never underestimate the value of interpersonal skills and remember that careers in Engineering are much broader than they seem. Aside from traditional design engineering, an engineering degree can also be a foundation for technical roles in sales, marketing, quality, business development and much more.
Solving problems and seeing new technologies. There are always improvements and developments in technology which can be very exciting but when there is an issue that someone has been struggling with, finding and implementing a solution is extremely satisfying.
I was the kid that wasn’t allowed to play with appliances in the house because I would immediately take them apart. Being able to interact with parts and assemblies and understand how they work interested me.
Don’t let “problems” intimidate you. A problem is an opportunity; as you become more skilled at treating them as opportunities and finding solutions, this skill can be applied to all aspects of your life.
Throughout my years in Engineering, the most fascinating part was being able to design a component or system and see it come to life (with some trial and error of course!). Having that Engineering background while now working on the Production side of things has been extremely beneficial so far.
While I had a hard time choosing between Culinary and Engineering, I absolutely loved math and science. Then I thought that Engineering is similar to Culinary in which you come up with the “recipe” and at the end you get to see the final product. That thought made the decision for me and I never looked back.
My advice is if you are on the fence on whether to try it, just go for it. There are so many avenues that you can take in Engineering; you just have to find the path that works the best for you.