Today’s #spotlightfriday is a materials engineer.
If you’re like me, you’re probably like ‘whoah… a materials what?? What does that even mean? 😯😅 Lindsey (@the_engineeress) often gets this response hence she’s become pretty experienced at breaking it down. In short she describes what she does as ‘ the engineering of materials.’ When she puts it this way, it doesn’t sound too foreign right? Let’s just say Lindsey has a way of making complex things sound pretty simple and when you check out her page you’ll understand why 😊. In addition, she is also “ passionate about showing young women and society that there is a place for women in engineering with the aim of inspiring young girls to see this as a career path they can pursue.” (From an interview with @peoplewithlaptops)
Lindsey’s interest in engineering was first sparked while she was in the waiting room of her dentist’s office. Her mom saw her fixing a table and told her she should become an engineer since she enjoys solving problems. Lindsey though thought that engineering was like plumbing 😅 and she definitely knew that she didn’t want to do that. Her mom however explained what an engineer does and since then Lindsey has had an interest in engineering.
When she finished high school, she knew that she enjoyed both physics and chemistry but she didn’t want to pursue either as an individual career. She instead decided to get into engineering and it was during a woman in engineering day that she attended that she got to know about material engineering and decided to study and pursue it. It ended up being a great path as it was a perfect combination of the sciences she was interested in.
Having supportive parents that also doubled up as mentors inspired Lindsey to want to pave it forward by creating a space where women in engineering feel empowered. Lindsey attributes where she’s at now to her parents because of the support and guidance and she believes that every woman should be able to receive such support hence she hopes that she can be able to bridge the gap😊.
~ (P.S. Know a woman in tech that's killing it? Comment down below by tagging them and I may just feature them next 😊 )