Name: Dorsa Yazdanpanah

Program: Electrical Engineering

University(s) / College(s) Attended: McMaster University

Education / Degree(s): Bachelors of Engineering (B. Eng)

Current Job Title: Scrum Master/ Associate Project Manager

Current Employer: Canadian Tire Corporation

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Fun Facts About Me

Share one fun fact about yourself:
I am a musician! I am a trained violinist and vocalist and know how to play flute and piano.

The most inspiring engineer I know is ....... Because ........ ?:
The most inspiring engineer I know is Hedy Lamarr. She was an intelligent engineer and an incredible actress. In 1941, Lamarr filed the patent for co-inventing frequency-hopping technology. This invention became a pioneer to Secure wi-fi, GPS and Bluetooth which is now used by billions of people around the world. I find the fact that she followed her multiple passions and was simultaneously exceptionally successful at both, very inspirational.

Profile Questions

Why did you choose to study engineering?:
I love problem solving, and as engineers we get trained to design and implement solutions to real world problems.

How do you apply your engineering degree to your current career?:
As an Engineer I have worked in multiple software development roles. Through those work experiences I became exposed to Technical Management roles and realized my strong interest for technical leadership. Currently I am a Scrum Master for a mobile development team. My Engineering background allows me to understand and best guide the developers and testers in my team.

What do you love most about your career?:
I love the problem-solving aspect of my career the most. Not only I get the opportunity to identify areas for improvement, but I also get to be involved in the solution design and implementation processes. This means my job never gets redundant as every problem is unique.

What advice would you give to someone hoping to pursue a career in engineering?:
Career opportunities for an engineer are limitless. One of my favourite things about the field of Engineering is that no matter your specialization, you are trained to be an effective designer, analyst, and problem solver. This empowers you to explore different opportunities and career paths, even if they are not directly related to your specialization. My advice to those planning to pursue Engineering is to research the different possible career paths and keep an open mind. I strongly recommend networking and connecting with mentors from various industries and experience levels.

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