September 2018

Mina Dezz, Civil Engineering EIT in Toronto, is our September Ambassador. Mina, the founder of IronRingGirls, supports women in the engineering and technology field from all over the world. Her Instragram Account, has over 20,000 followers and regularly highlights the accomplishments of engineering students and professionals globally.

Why did you choose engineering?

There wasn’t one single reason. It was a result of a long list of pros and cons. My grades were high, but I didn’t know what I wanted to study. I just knew I didn’t want to go into Law or Medicine. Since I was slightly interested in buildings and architecture, I thought I’d give Civil Engineering a try.

I didn’t know exactly what I could do with an engineering degree, I just knew there would be opportunities once I graduate.

It took a while for me to actually find what I enjoy doing in the field of engineering. After graduation, I started working in the urban transportation field as a design civil engineering intern. Basically designing LRT lines and public transport stations. Then I moved to construction.

Right now I’m building a 6,500 sqft house.

I’m happy I didn’t give up on engineering. It’s an empowering feeling to slowly build yourself a career.

How do you currently apply your engineering degree?

Since I work in construction now, I use the knowledge from my Structural and Construction Management courses the most. I do a learn a lot on the job, and sometimes someone mentions something and I say “Oh! I remember this from school!” It’s somewhere in the back of my brain. The main skill I use from university is problem solving. I don’t necessarily remember every
equation I learned in school, but I know how to find a way to solve a problem no matter how complicated it seems. Analytical thinking is something I was introduced to in university and I’ve strengthened it through my experiences on the job.

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

Work on building a powerful mindset. Engineering isn’t all numbers and physics. Thinking outside the box, being confident, and dealing with stress, are all examples of skills that can have a great impact in your career. Engineering is a world of opportunities that will build your character and your mindset as well. It’s one of those professions that really helps you grow as a person too. So be open to new experiences and be patient while you learn new skills, grow, and succeed in what you do.

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.