August 2018

Vanessa Raponi, a recent graduate of McMaster Engineering’s Bachelor of Material Science and Management is our first Ambassador of the Month. Founder of EngiQueers Canada, Vanessa continues to support anyone interested in pursuing engineering. Find out more about her below:

Why did you choose engineering?

I had a passion for impacting others, and a knack for chemistry and calculus. In Grade 12, a friend, and a friend’s Dad talked to me about Engineering culture at university, as well as in the workplace. They encouraged me to pursue the degree, and I have never regretted it!

How do you currently apply your engineering degree?

I currently am working in a new grad rotation program for a toy manufacturing company called Spin Master Ltd. My first rotation finds me in Product Development where I spend my days overseeing the creation process from conception to the toy aisle. I’m utilizing both my Materials degree and the Management side as well. I’m registering for my EIT to help work towards my goal of obtaining a P.Eng. license

What advice do you have for someone hoping to pursue a career in engineering?

You can do it! Engineering is extremely broad – there are so many different fields and areas of science to explore and apply. It’s a wonderful combination of applied science, business, communication and professionalism. I encourage you to pursue different co-ops to get an idea of the vast industries you can work in, and gain some insight into your future.