Name: Sara Dolatshahi
Program: Chemical Engineering
University(s) / College(s) Attended: McMaster University
Education / Degree(s): Bachelor of Chemical Engineering & Masters of Nuclear Engineering
Current Job Title: Nuclear Operation Training Manager
Current Employer: Ontario Power Generation
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Fun Facts About Me
Share one fun fact about yourself: I love travelling with my family (husband and 2 kids). I have been to 28 countries and counting.
The most inspiring engineer I know is ....... Because ........ ?: The most inspiring Engineer to me is Emily Warren Robelling (although I do not know her personally). She contributed to the completion of the Brooklyn Bridge in 1883 after her husband (Washington Robelling) died. This is especially significant as in that time there were very few women pursuing higher education let alone taking on a project such as Brooklyn Bridge where it needed technical knowledge as well leadership skills.
Why did you choose to study engineering?: I did not know exactly what engineers do however, I wanted to do something that would give me a strong foundation to apply myself in various fields. I was strong in math and sciences and so I thought Engineering would help me apply those strengths.
How do you apply your engineering degree to your current career?: I applied my engineering to operate the nuclear power plant when I was a control room supervisor responsible for producing safe and reliable 2400MW of electricity. Now as the Training Manager I apply my degree for training the nuclear professionals who operate the nuclear power plant safely and reliably from the control room.
What do you love most about your career?: I have had the opportunity to work in the control room of a nuclear power plant where very few people get to enter. I personally loved being involved with producing electricity for millions of people. Now as an Operations Training Manager I can influence and shape the new staff that work in the control room of a nuclear power plant.
What advice would you give to someone hoping to pursue a career in engineering?: Go for it. Engineering is not only a well respected field it is also rewarding on many levels. Engineering helps you get into careers that make a difference in people’s lives - Everything around us has been developed or influenced by engineers (e.g., houses/roads/electricity/technology).