What aspect of the industry do you think has the most potential for growth, and, on the other hand, which aspect do you think needs the most improvement?
The most potential for growth in our industry rests in diversity. We can and must invest in the next generation of engineers from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds to ensure design and innovation for future challenges reflect the broadest and most informed thinking that generation has to offer. The other side of that coin is an area that needs more improvement — the industry needs to be more inclusive of engineers from all backgrounds, including BIPOC [black, Indigenous, and people of color] engineers, LGBT+ engineers, first-generation college graduates, and women engineers. This field is such a rewarding one, and we need to ensure it is one in which all engineers can thrive. Our work environments, business models, and leadership structures need to work for and reflect everyone. Diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts must be considered critical business segments.
What is the most valuable life lesson you have learned so far and how has it helped you in your career?
You must carefully direct and craft your vision for your own career with intention and always advocate strongly for yourself.
What three adjectives come to mind when you think about your future path?
Bright, evolving, and limitless.