Women in engineering: ‘Focus on confidence’

By Bob Vavra, CFE Media October 1, 2018

Katie Yovanovich, Age: 27, College and degree: BS, Mechanical Engineering; minor in Mathematics University of Delaware. Image Courtesy: Elaine Zelker Photography for Victaulic.The 2018 Engineering Leaders Under 40 report in the September issue of Plant Engineering also had a series of interviews with six women engineers at Victaulic Company. They discussed the opportunities and challenges they’ve faced in their careers and offered a variety of advice on how women can and should succeed in manufacturing and engineering. One of the sagest insights was from Katie Yovanoich, who suggested women engineers should "find a mentor–reach out to anyone who you aspire to be like. Keep in mind that intimidation is a mental barrier; to overcome that, find supportive individuals to surround yourself with. Focus on confidence: if you have a love for the technical aspects of the field, the minor barrier of being a minority shouldn’t stop you."

Bob Vavra, content manager for Plant Engineering, CFE Media, bvavra@cfemedia.com.