#IMarriedAnEngineer

February celebrates National E-Week and this year, I'd like to try to start a movement to celebrate all engineering spouses. It is not easy to love and support this rare breed of human who can fix anything, break anything, and explain anything that crosses their path with math, science and a nerdy sense of humor.... Continue Reading →

Celebrate National E-Week! (2018)

National Engineers Week is was first proclaimed by President Harry S. Truman in February 1951 to honor the USA men and women in all engineering fields. This tradition turned 65 years old in 2016. Wow! Annually, E-Week is celebrated nationwide by 70+ education, professional, government and federal agencies as each US City, County or State... Continue Reading →

Professional Envy, the Gods of Engineering and Science, and What Intertia and Entropy Can Do To Our Careers

There's one feedback item that has haunted my career: You are never at your desk! Because the word never is an absolute, my first response is to remind them that no one is ever at their desks 24/7 but that clearly doesn't appease them. Between bathroom breaks, networking/mentoring, design reviews, community building, family crises and... Continue Reading →

The Modern Evolution of Nintendo

For my MBA strategy class, my husband and I decided to dissect the success of the little Japanese Company that redefined video games; the pioneer and innovator in an industry that is now run by Sony and Microsoft. Nintendo was once the destroyer of consoles, the end all behemoth that could not be annihilated but... Continue Reading →

Managing Knowledge, Lore and Connections

General Dynamics'Elizabeth Bocchino and Beth Mitchell hosted an info session during the SWE 2017 conference that was very relevant to the times: How do you document and transfer knowledge between the generations of employees? With 10 to 25% to the STEM workforce retiring in the next five years there is a need to save all the... Continue Reading →

STEM Topics: Imposter Syndrome

At the SWE 2017 conference, the phrase imposter syndrome was everywhere! Of the seven talks I attended, all of them mentioned this idea of women thinking they do not belong in STEM or are frauds. It struck me because I have never felt like I didn't cut it or had what it took to be... Continue Reading →

Opening Thoughts on SWE 2017

With the hashtags #We17, #WomenMakeUsBetter and #BalanceTheEquation all over the twitterverse, it is evident that the Society of Women Engineers Conference in Austin is all about #STEMinism. As companies attempt to recruit, retrain and promote women into positions of leadership and technical excellence there is an accompanying social push to redefine gender roles in the... Continue Reading →

Leading from Behind

I've heard this term a lot recently, especially in business settings, because there is a need to let employees innovate and take charge of their own destinies while keeping in mind the bottom line. When you think about it, revolutions start behind closed doors, after many dissenting voices get organized from the back of the... Continue Reading →

Starting the MBA Journey, Together

Two years after being laid off, my husband and I decided to pursue an MBA in Technology. Yes, you read that correctly: together. We met on the first day of college, both pursuing engineering undergrad degrees, at an English Honors class that got cancelled. Two years later we formally started to date, right after 9/11... Continue Reading →

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