Name: Vanessa Raquel Raponi
Program: Materials Engineering
University(s) / College(s) Attended: McMaster University
Education / Degree(s): Bachelor of Engineering & Management
Current Job Title: Product Development Engineering (EIT) in Remote Control & Flying Toys
Current Employer: Spin Master Ltd
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Fun Facts About Me
Share one fun fact about yourself: I’ve launched a vlog on YouTube about life, advice and stories from the perspective of a queer woman of colour! Check it out at www.youtube.com/vanessaraquelraponi
The most inspiring engineer I know is ....... Because ........ ?: Erica Lee Garcia, because I see so much of myself in her, and she has inspired me for years!”
Why did you choose to study 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 apply your engineering degree to your current career?: 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 would you give to 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.
All women have a place in engineering. I’m a queer woman of colour, and I have a bright future ahead of me. No matter what barriers you have in your path, the engineering community is here to welcome you with open arms.