For today’s Engineer Spotlight we are interviewing Duro Electrical Engineer Esha Rahman. She shares with us her experience being female in a male dominated field and her advice for other young women looking to make their mark in engineering.
Viktoria Pashtriku: Why did you choose to major in electrical engineering?
Esha Rahman: When I was younger I wanted to be an astronaut because rocket science and space technology fascinated me.
In high school, I used to have encyclopedias about subjects such as cosmology and telescopes — when I read those books, I was drawn to the concept of rocket science. As I read about the technology, I wanted to know more about the way the electrical field worked. Science fiction novels and movies also became a source of inspiration for me. I wondered how we made the things that were shown in the movies. That was what made me realize that I wanted to become an electrical engineer.
VP: What are your goals for your future career?
ER: I see myself improving my circuit analyzing skills here at Duro. Since I have a passion for circuits and electronics, I envision myself hopefully working on bigger projects in the future — such as analyzing the electrical systems of a space shuttle.
Since engineering was always a male dominated field, I was never confident enough to be outspoken…That gradually changed when I moved to New York and I started to get fascinated by the fast life.
VP: What interests you the most about electrical engineering?
ER: The most interesting thing about electrical engineering is how each of the components come together and network with each other to make the mission work as a whole. This is a branch of engineering that is applied to almost everything we use today.
VP: What projects are you currently working on at Duro UAS?
ER: Currently I am helping the team find the right electrical components to operate inside the AUV. I work closely with the team leaders to discuss possible errors and test the devices to make certain we have the right components for the vehicle.
VP: What do you enjoy the most about working at Duro?
ER: At Duro I feel like I am not at work because everyone here is so friendly and cooperative that it makes the learning experience fun. The working environment is very relaxing and casual. I am already learning a lot; much more than I expected. I have always wanted to get hands on experience and I feel that Duro is the perfect platform for me to do so.
VP: Has being a female shaped your experience as an engineer?
ER: As I was growing up, I was very shy. I would be afraid of speaking up and debating about an idea. This has always been a struggle for me. Since engineering was always a male dominated field, I was never confident enough to be outspoken. I also felt that people would judge me.
It is very important that women become vocal about their ideas. My advice to them is to never go unheard or be afraid of making a difference…Never stop learning something you are passionate about no matter what obstacles stand in your way. That gradually changed when I moved to New York and I started to get fascinated by the fast life.
I noticed how other females here were vocal about their ideas. That began to boost my confidence and I started to speak up more.
VP: What advice would you give to other young girls who would like to become engineers?
ER: It is very important that women become vocal about their ideas. My advice to them is to never go unheard or be afraid of making a difference. A lot of young girls may be insecure or feel discouraged after making a mistake but it can be overcome with a positive and confident attitude. Never stop learning something you are passionate about no matter what obstacles stand in your way.
VP: Aside from engineering what other passions do you have?
ES: I like to go out and explore places. I like cycling and I love to do henna art tattoo on myself and my friends.