How did you discover your passion for what you do?

I immigrated to the United States at the age of 12; at that time I found myself alone in a foreign country where I had no friends or means to communicate. It was a difficult time to say the least. It was during this time, that I developed a love for numbers, that is because regardless of the language you speak, two plus two will always be four. As I continue my academic journey, I also discovered I was detail oriented, enjoyed the challenges of problem-solving and loved architecture. Combining my love for numbers and architecture I decided to pursue a career in the field of engineering. As I studied engineering, I learned about Engineers Without Borders, whose mission is too empowered communities by providing engineer solutions to meet basic human needs such as clean water supply and basic infrastructure. Learning about the positive impact engineering can have on underdeveloped countries and the importance of providing safe water worldwide inspired me to specialize in the field of water resources. I love that civil engineering provides the opportunity to build and design infrastructure that allows me to leave a positive impact in the world.

 

What words of wisdom or advice do you live by?

I truly believe that “the road to success is always under construction;” what I mean by this, is that we should continue to be lifelong students. I believe it is important to acknowledge that obtaining a degree is never enough, but we shall thrive to improve technical and soft skills every day. I practice being a lifelong learner by attending technical and leadership seminars and reading engineering journals. I emphasize the importance to learn something new every day and to never settle for what you know today; given that learning something new today will make you a better person tomorrow. I would advise any young professional to actively seek opportunities for growth and learn within their field, whether it is preparing for promotional opportunities or enhancing technical and non-technical skills.

 

Which Delta Zeta shared value resonates with you most, and why?

Empowerment. I believe female empowerment is crucial. More and more women are entering industries that were once male dominant. Therefore, support and empowerment among women is key so that we can succeed. Having a support system among women is important today, but it is crucial for the next generation so that they can have strong role models.