Name: Tanya Lindsay
Program: Chemical Engineering
University(s) / College(s) Attended: University of Toronto
Education / Degree(s): BASc
Current Job Title: Co-Founder
Current Employer: Surge ERP Consulting Corp.
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Fun Facts About Me
Share one fun fact about yourself: I like running marathons – but slowly. One day I hope to qualify for Boston!
The most inspiring engineer I know is ....... Because ........ ?: I am a fan on Nikola Tesla because he truly lived his life for the development of science and exhausted all his wealth doing so. He is also the only engineer I know to have an SI unit, a car, and a rock band named after him!
Why did you choose to study engineering?: I have always been a logical thinker and I loved science and math in high school. I started studying Physics and realized that I wanted to do more applied science and math than theoretical math. My aha moment was sitting in a physics lecture trying to calculate the Hubble constant to figure out if the universe was contracting or expanding. I really didn’t care what the answer was!
How do you apply your engineering degree to your current career?: I co-own a company that implements and develops software. We are constantly looking at big problems that need to be broken down into smaller pieces that can be resolved. But it’s not good enough to just tackle the pieces – you need to really dig into the details and understand how everything works together. These skills were the essence of my engineering degree and I apply them every day.
What do you love most about your career?: I love that I can explore different options as there’s never a single-path to a destination.
What advice would you give to someone hoping to pursue a career in engineering?: Learn how to build something from 1st principles and value the scientific process. These skills are being lost in today’s social-media world where everything can be boiled down to a top-10 list and experience is granted by popularity instead of merit. Our youth are losing the ability to analyze data and information and I predict that sooner or later these skills are going to be back in high demand.