Women in Engineering
Five women Engineers talk about their role models and influences. They tell of the challenges, excitement, satisfaction and sheer variety of their professional engineering lives as creative product designers, team-builders, project managers, teachers of engineering and structural engineers.
Each of our engineers opens a window on the path that led them to become an engineer. For Leanne a personal thirst for adventure, a drive to push on and show herself and others what she could achieve has led to a career collaborating with Architects and builders to design and construct building structures. For Sharon an attraction to Maths and Physics at school was one hint that nudged her towards engineering. For Clodagh a love of fiddling with physical things, figuring out how they worked was one stimulus to examine engineering as a career. Later, through that career she discovered her love of teaching and the deep satisfaction of opening doors for young people to opportunities they never imagined. Roisín finds that her competitive spirit is challenged and rewarded by the many opportunities she encounters every day to research and solve problems. Gilian explains that what can seem a setback becomes an opportunity to discover who she is and what she is capable of. Now she manages and team builds on major engineering projects in some of the most challenging and remote environments on earth.
If you have a role model close at hand, someone who helps you to understand what being an engineer is all about, it may be easier to imagine yourself as an engineer. You may already have a feel for the sheer variety of opportunity and satisfaction on offer. If you lack such a role model to inform and guide your career decision, if you doubt your ability or aptitude for a career in engineering because you don’t really know what is involved, or if you thought that engineering is not for you as a woman, listen to these five women discuss their diverse journeys and rich experiences, then decide….
Five women Engineers talk about their role models and influencesand the challenges, excitement, satisfaction and sheer variety of their professional engineering lives as creative product designers, team-builders, project managers, teachers of engineering and structural engineers.
Engineer, creative designer and entrepreneur Sharon Rabi speaks about her role models growing up, how she thinks and the opportunities for women engineers to shape the world through engineering creativity.
Clodagh shares her love of engineering, and her love of teaching engineering: “the less I speak, the more they learn”. She explains how engineering opens up a wide world of creative opportunity for her students at Limerick Institute of Technology .
Roisin Howard, engineer and athlete, tells how her interest in Maths and Physics has led to a rewarding career in engineering that provides her with challenges that satisfy her drive to keep solving problems..
Gillian Cagney explains how her Engineering life journey has brought her from mastering hands-on engineering skills to team building , management and problem solving in major engineering projects often in challenging wilderness environments. Don’t fear the unknown and you will discover who you are.
Leanne says she loves adventure. She describes her educational journey and explains what her work as an engineer designing building structures entails. She loves the challenges and excitement of working in a small design enterprise where she gets involved in every aspect of the business.