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Women in STEM: Carmen Garcia

I am happy to introduce you to a good friend of mine Carmen Garcia. She is a talented female engineer with a great passion for all STEM subjects. And just like me she is an advocate for getting more women in engineering. 
We first met at the 2014 Manchester Girl geeks Barcamp - What is a Barcamp?

Name: María del Carmen García Lizárraga

Industry: Electrical Engineering

Job: I work in a research institution that gives support to the energy industries in Mexico. My areas of development are maintenance and reliability engineering.

Something cool about my career: Reliability engineering gives you a whole different perspective of how things work. As an engineer one is mainly trained for designing and building things, and it is only once you're out in the field when you realize that all these things might not work as expected, they can fail. Reliability engineering helps you understand industrial systems and machines so that you can estimate the probability of failure of a piece of equipment, hence you can do something to prevent it.

I love that my job is very analytical which fits very well with my profile. I am able to use all these techniques and methods from reliability engineering in electrical systems which are my passion. I also love that I get to travel a lot, spending time in different sites with field engineers exchanging information and knowledge. 

How did I get to where I am: It all started at school when I found out that I loved maths and physics, then I knew I wanted to be an engineer. I chose electrical engineering because all I wanted was to really understand how electricity and magnetism work. I worked really hard to get an internship at the Mexican Electrical Research Institute where they hired me as a researcher in the Nuclear Energy Department. 

On the way I've met inspiring people who have always encouraged me to keep working for what I love. My physics teacher at school made me realize that I was good at it and encouraged me to follow a career in science and technology. At work, my project leader has always been very supportive and he has taught me everything he knows. But mainly I have to say that my family is my inspiration for working really hard and never give up.

Words of encouragement:
+ It feels fantastic to choose a career just for the sake of getting the knowledge in that field. 

+ It is difficult to be certain about what your job in the future will be about, but while you're studying you can choose what skills you want to get, then you'll have the right tools to help you finding yourself great opportunities out there.

+ It is always good to find support from other girls and women in the STEM fields, you'll be charming and have girlfriends with the same interests as you and to whom you can talk about geeky things is great =).


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