What does #ILookLikeAnEngineer mean to you?
This means a lot to me because I don't fit the norm of what an engineer is. First, I am a woman. Secondly, I am Latina. I want other Latinas to look at my photo and see me as a role model. I want them to say, "Hey, she looks like me, so I can do that, too." When I was small, I always looked at careers that had women that looked like me. From those typical careers paths, I wondered why I couldn’t use power tools or play professional soccer or be good in math. I think all those stereotypes motivated me to be the person I am today. I want to prove to others and myself that just because I don’t look like an engineer, I will be one.
What are three things that make you unique?
What are your career goals?
I want to improve water infrastructure such as pipelines to commercial buildings and households. Luckily I will be able to do this because I will be working as a civil environmental engineer with Black and Veatch.
What do you enjoy most about engineering?
I love the project classes because you work with clients to make cool things that improve their lives and community. I liked learning how to 3D print and design on SolidWorks. I also really love the BOLD community and the SHPE/MAES national communities as well.
Lilian Garcia, class of 2017, Environmental Engineering