June 28, 2018
Celebrating Women in Engineering

EAST HARTFORD, Connecticut – Last Saturday, June 23, marked International Women in Engineering Day, a day which aims to highlight opportunities for women in engineering and encourage girls to find their future in STEM.

In celebration, UTRC spotlights two of its many talented females in engineering around the world -- women doing incredible work to help UTC disrupt the status quo and inspire future generations. Hear what a career in engineering means to them, in their own words.

Laura Albiol-Tendillo

Laura Albiol-Tendillo is a Staff Research Scientist, Power Electronics Team, Cork, Ireland. She holds a Ph.D. in electronics engineering from Rovira i Virgili University in Tarragona, Spain. Here’s what Laura had to say about her career.

What is the coolest part about your job?
"The coolest part of my job is working with intelligent people from very different backgrounds to solve complex problems, and see the potential impact of these contributions on future products."

Why did you pursue a career in engineering?
"My father is an electronics technician, and he used to develop some hobby projects at home. I was marveled with [engineering] since I was really young, and used to mess around with the material in his desk. At high school, I become very enthusiastic on math and physics, so deciding to go for electronics engineering was just a matter of time."

What advice would you share with other women or girls that may want to pursue a career in the field?
"I have no real advice, but I would tell them that engineering is both a demanding and satisfying field to work in. If I were in their situation now, I would repeat the choice (and, by the way, this is the same I would share with men!)."

Alex Dorgan

Alex Dorgan is a Human Machine Interface (HMI) Researcher and User Experience (UX) Designer in the Decision Support & Machine Intelligence, located in East Hartford, Connecticut. She holds a bachelor’s degree in art from Skidmore College. Here’s what Alex had to say about her career.

What is the coolest part about your job?
"Interviewing users. It’s a privilege to have time to see what others do for their jobs and interesting to learn about their challenges and pain points. As an early career professional, it provides a great opportunity to learn about what others in the organization do and what they value and prioritize. If I create something that helps improve their work life at the end of that process, I feel like I’ve made a positive impact."

Why did you pursue a career in engineering?
"I originally thought I would be working in a design agency or similar organization. It was serendipity that brought me to the Research Center. Having worked with engineers and in engineering for a few years, I’ve found that engineering is a field full of interesting problems and creative people. I enjoy the challenges and the satisfaction of solving real-world problems and the pleasure of working with curious people."

What advice would you share with other women or girls that may want to pursue a career in the field?
"Have confidence in your work and abilities and never stop learning."

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