Madeline, a female engineer who joined Brindley Engineering 6 months ago, assists in many multidisciplinary projects in both the chemical and oil refining industries. Some of her day-to-day tasks include P&ID field walk downs and updates, process equipment sizing, valve sizing, and other hydraulic calculations. She also has experience in Project Engineering to aid in production and procurement of startup and commissioning documentation for new process areas.
Q: Why and how did you choose Engineering as a profession?
A: A career in Engineering never really piqued my interest until I began to seriously search for colleges to attend after high school. Truthfully, I always thought I wanted to pursue a career in the medical field but after I started taking higher level mathematics and chemistry courses, I slowly started to realize that Chemical Engineering may be the right path for me. Engineers solve real world problems and help to produce products that regular people use in their everyday lives. I find joy in knowing that even though my role as an Engineer may be small in the grand scheme of things, I can still make an impact on society.
“Engineers solve real world problems and help to produce products that regular people use in their everyday lives.”
Q: What is the most gratifying thing about being a female engineer?
A: I think the most gratifying aspect of being a female engineer is having younger female high school or college students contact me to learn about my experiences in both college and in my current job. I am a huge advocate for other women in engineering and am happy to help them in any way that I can.
Q: What has been your biggest accomplishment so far?
A: My biggest accomplishment so far is graduating with both a Chemistry and Chemical Engineering degree and securing a position at one of the best engineering consulting firms in the country! I am extremely fortunate to be able to learn from and work alongside such a knowledgeable and talented group of engineers at Brindley Engineering. Brindley Engineering supports women in engineering, and we have a very talented group of female engineers.
Q: What are some of your professional goals this year?
A: I have extreme interest in the oil refining industry and want to gain as much technical knowledge in this area I possibly can. I also want to obtain my Professional Engineer (PE) License.
Q: Do you have any advice for aspiring female engineers?
A: I would tell aspiring female engineers to take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way and be open to learning and trying different things that you may not be familiar with. Do not be afraid to make mistakes and have confidence in yourself and in your ideas.
“Take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way and be open to learning and trying different things that you may not be familiar with. Do not be afraid to make mistakes and have confidence in yourself and in your ideas.”