For anyone who ever thought that engineering was only reserved for men is sadly mistaken. Maise has proved the world wrong that even women can become Chemical Engineers. In an industry which is mostly dominated by men, Maise is standing her ground and not letting anything stop her on her road to success. Overcoming every obstacle and challenge thrown her way, Maise is embracing some serious #GirlPower. This week, she took some time to answer our questions about what it’s like to be a day in the life of a female engineer. #EngineerGals
BWR: What inspired you to become an engineer?
Maise: I didn’t know I wanted to be an engineer. It wasn’t until the very last minute of my college deadline to submit my applications that I decided to become one. I knew I loved math and science. But, I didn’t really know what an engineer did or what that career would look like. I had a cousin who told me that if I liked chemistry and math, I should try Chemical Engineering. So, I did! It was random, but it ended up being the best decision of my life!
BWR: Engineering is usually an occupation that is male dominant. What’s it like to be a female engineer in a majority male environment?
Maise: It’s fun, but also challenging. I’ve had nothing but a great time and all my male colleagues have always been very supportive of me. It does take women a little bit longer to earn trust. You have to constantly prove yourself and that you belong there. But, once you do, it’s a lot easier to get the respect you deserve. I enjoy not being the common denominator. The more different you are the better. You have more chances to shine!
BWR: Would you say that there are now more female engineers compared to a few years ago?
Maise: 100%! I would say every year that goes by, the numbers are getting better and better. I still, however, think not enough women are joining the industry for several reasons. But, at least we are progressing.
BWR: What would you say is the most challenging part of being an engineer?
Maise: I would say the amount of responsibility that you have at a young age. When you first start in your engineering role, some companies give you a lot of responsibilities right off the bat. I was always scared/stressed to make the wrong decisions or fail at troubleshooting.
BWR: Would you say that people often treat you differently because you are a female engineer?
Maise: Yes, they do! Everyone is a lot more respectful of me. They watch what language they use around me and are usually more helpful on the physical labor part of the job. Its all benefits of being a woman in this industry.
BWR: What are you most proud of? What’s your best accomplishment professionally?
Maise: I would say when I started my sales role after getting out of the field. I had no background or experience in sales and I went in with a strong attitude and did millions of dollars in sales within my first 6 months. Everyone was very shocked that I would bring in those numbers and have such a quick success early on in my new role. I was very proud of myself.
BWR: What advice can you give to young girls who want to become engineers like yourself?
Maise: Girls, DO IT!! Do it!! You can do it! It will be one of the hardest things you’ll face but also one of the most rewarding things in the world! You can control your life and be whoever you want to be. Being an engineer is extremely rewarding because it sets you off financially and you won’t ever have to count on anyone to take care of you! You write your own story and rules.
BWR: What is your favorite part of engineering?
Maise: The troubleshooting and solving problems part. I love to use my brain and challenge it to think to fix problems.
BWR: On a final note, where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
Maise: I see myself as the CEO of an oil and gas company. And also a mother to hopefully a young girl who herself will also be an engineer😊