How did you first get involved with IEEE WIE?
I have been an IEEE member for 25 years and received the IEEE Outstanding Young Engineer Award. I joined IEEE WIE at an early stage of my student life in the 90s and participated in WIE events. Currently, I am the Chair of a WIE Affiliate Group (Women in Nanotechnology), a Board member of the Women in System Council, and a Member of the Women in Sensor Council.
Why did you decide to become an IEEE Member?
I joined Women in Engineering (WIE) as it provides a platform that aims to empower and support women from all walks of life. They offer various opportunities for personal and professional growth, and I couldn’t be happier with my decision to join. One of the highlights of being part of this forum is the networking opportunities it provides. I have had the chance to connect with incredible women who are experts in their fields, and I have already learned so much from them. It’s inspiring to be surrounded by like-minded individuals who are passionate about uplifting women and creating positive change.
What do you wish other people knew about IEEE WIE?
WIE organizes a wide range of events and workshops that cover topics such as leadership, entrepreneurship, personal development, and much more. These events have been incredibly insightful and have given me valuable tools and strategies to apply in both my personal and professional life.
What is it like to be an IEEE WIE volunteer?
It gives you recognition and an appreciation of the sense of community that the forum fosters. There is a strong support system in place, and it’s great to have a space where I can share my experiences, challenges, and successes with other women who understand and can offer advice and guidance.
Why do you think women should enter STEM fields?
The focus on logical thought processes and problem-solving allows students to develop mental habits that will help them succeed in any field. STEM coursework challenges students to think critically and come up with their own solutions.