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Valerie Amsler: International Women in Engineering Day 2020

Jun 23, 2020

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Valerie Amsler: International Women in Engineering Day 2020

Jun 23, 2020

How did you become interested in engineering?

I found it fascinating to design and build biotech facilities from the scratch, integrating innovative equipment in it, and see the facility producing medicines saving lives a couple of years later. That’s such a rewarding achievement!

What excites you about engineering?

Applying scientific principles to design and develop creative, elegant and sustainable solutions. Also, working in a team solving problems, working towards a common goal, along with other highly skilled and passionate team members is very exciting and inspiring. 

What have you seen change for women in engineering throughout your career?

I see more and more women being at management positions (project managers, team leaders, head of offices, etc). Unfortunately, not all parts of the world are going at the same pace. Scandinavian countries are a great inspiration as they are much more ahead than other countries.

What is the most fascinating part of your job or daily routine?

The variability, the fact that I don’t really have a daily routine. Every project, every customer is different. Addressing the inherent intricacies and difficulties of each project, and having to adapt to find the most optimized solution is the most fascinating part of my job.

Did you have any mentors as you were going through your career? How did they influence your decisions?

Yes I did, and they were huge catalyzers of my career. They pushed me out of my comfort zone, gave me the opportunity to take up new challenges while supporting me on the way when needed. It was a very rewarding experience from which I gained a lot of knowledge and self-confidence. 

What advice would you like to share with future women engineers?

Keep up working hard, provide high-quality work. Be strong and bold, but don’t have a destructive ego. Be a team player, help others. Be full of positive energy and optimism, and let your light shine around you. 

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