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I Look Like an Engineer, Part III

  • By: Communications
  • October 1, 2015
  • Category: Culture

Grace Li is a mother of one girl, aged seven, and a senior HW engineer at GLOBALFOUNDRIES in China. In her interview, Grace explains how, to her, the #ILookLikeAnEngineer campaign is all about broadening her network of fellow female engineers and learning how various people approach and conquer their challenges.

Grace Li

GF: Why did you choose a career in engineering?

Grace Li: I like to create things and get things done.

GF: What are the challenges faced in your life as a female engineer and how you get over these challenges?

Li: The major challenge I’ve faced in my life as a female engineer is that I need keep learning new things to keep up with pace of technology and fulfill my career development requirements, while I also need spend lots of my energy on taking care of my child. In order to solve this challenge, I prioritize all tasks and jobs I need to do, try to delegate jobs to my team member. I keep balance of my time on work and family.

GF : Why did you want to get involved in the #ILookLikeAnEngineer campaign?

Li: To know how other female engineers work on and how they deal with the challenge they are facing.

GF: What does the #ILookLikeAnEngineer campaign mean to you?

Li: A broader network for me, on both career and life.

Sarah Yasmin Dole is an integration and yield engineer for the yield defect density team at GF Singapore. Sarah was born and raised in Sri Lanka and attended college in the United States at Mount Holyoke College, where she achieved a degree in physics. She is an avid fan of anything relating to physics, and considers herself a serious foodie.

Sarah Yasmin Dole

GF: Why did you choose a career in engineering?

Sarah Yasmin Dole: Since I was young, I have always been fascinated by all forms of science and enjoy the challenge of solving difficult problems. I found it very appealing and intriguing that engineers are involved in many developments across various industries. Being able to incorporate the science and mathematical principles into practical application to improve one’s daily life was what sparked my curiosity in the engineering realm.

GF: What are the challenges faced in your life as a female engineer and how do you overcome these challenges?

Dole: Being a minority in any setting could be challenging. The important thing is to be self-aware, confident of your skills and data and not be afraid of asking questions or reaching out for help when you need to.

GF: Why did you want to get involved in the #ILookLikeAnEngineer campaign?

Dole: Unfortunately women engineers are stereotyped and are expected to fit into a certain “mold”. This campaign provides us with a platform in changing that narrative and show diversity & inclusion within the engineering community.

GF: What does the #ILookLikeAnEngineer campaign mean to you?

Dole: In a world filled with visual stimulation, the notion of “you can’t be what you can’t see” resonates with today’s youth. Hence, there is a greater need for more representation from women ambassadors in STEM (science technology, engineering & mathematics) related fields. This campaign not only allows us to breakdown stereotypes but also provides an opportunity for us to be role models providing the next generation of engineers and scientists an insight into our field.

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