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Sometimes there are words that just hit home. This one feels more like a punch 👊 in the jugular.

Being a woman in STEM can be intimidating. I remember sitting in my engineering classes not only being told I didn't belong but I truly didn't feel smart enough to even be in the same room as my peers.

Everyone would copy each other's homework. Everyone would share their test scores. Everyone would use the solution manual & somehow MEMORIZE the problems for the test & actually get passing grades.

This was certainly not the case for me. I struggled. Hard. The 'struggle bus' wasn't a thing when I was in school - but if it had been - I woulda been in the dang driver's seat.

It's not easy to fail. With all the self-help stuff now saying 'failing is okay' - doesn't make it less scary. But I'll tell you - from personal experience - learning how to fail, having enough dignity to know that I failed but that didn't make me a FAILURE - was huge.

Now as a full-time working engineer - I fail often. If I wasn't, I wouldn't be growing. I wouldn't be pushing the limit, wouldn't be innovative, or wouldn't be helping make improvement. Growing pains are PAINFUL as they're meant to be.

Be honest with yourself. Don't cheat corners. Put in the work & face to hard truth of what you know & what you don't. Others will respect you more - but more importantly, you'll respect yourself & the process of growth.
Quote. Sometimes there are words that just hit home. This one feels more like a punch 👊 in the jugular. Being a woman in STEM can be intimidating. I remember sitting in my engineering classes not only being told I didn't belong but I truly didn't feel smart enough to even be in the same room as my peers. Everyone would copy each other's homework. Everyone would share their test scores. Everyone would use the solution manual & somehow MEMORIZE the problems for the test & actually get passing grades. This was certainly not the case for me. I struggled. Hard. The 'struggle bus' wasn't a thing when I was in school - but if it had been - I woulda been in the dang driver's seat. It's not easy to fail. With all the self-help stuff now saying 'failing is okay' - doesn't make it less scary. But I'll tell you - from personal experience - learning how to fail, having enough dignity to know that I failed but that didn't make me a FAILURE - was huge. Now as a full-time working engineer - I fail often. If I wasn't, I wouldn't be growing. I wouldn't be pushing the limit, wouldn't be innovative, or wouldn't be helping make improvement. Growing pains are PAINFUL as they're meant to be. Be honest with yourself. Don't cheat corners. Put in the work & face to hard truth of what you know & what you don't. Others will respect you more - but more importantly, you'll respect yourself & the process of growth.
Fun Fact: Your Professor DOESN'T want you to fail

Tip: Read. Yo. Dang. Book! But then not just read - USE it as a tool! 
If your professor allows for open book tests - know it will be more difficult. It's supposed to be. You have the concepts spelled out for you in the pages. It's up to you to learn how to APPLY those concepts.

Major best practice I wish I would have done sooner & more often was bookmark my text book. Have an internal cheat sheet of major concepts, page numbers, & simple examples just SET UP (not worked). Simply creating that cheat sheet will help you review the material, help your brain reconnect the times you saw it, heard it, did it in lab - whatever.

Even if you're not allowed a book or even cheat sheet. Make one. Take it in during office hours & review with your TA or professor! Make sure you understand & grasp the application.

P.S. First time I've taken a legit test in 5 yrs since graduation - test anxiety & all - and I got a 96! Only 2 wrong & per usual...
I turned in my test last.
Fun Fact: Your Professor DOESN'T want you to fail Tip: Read. Yo. Dang. Book! But then not just read - USE it as a tool! If your professor allows for open book tests - know it will be more difficult. It's supposed to be. You have the concepts spelled out for you in the pages. It's up to you to learn how to APPLY those concepts. Major best practice I wish I would have done sooner & more often was bookmark my text book. Have an internal cheat sheet of major concepts, page numbers, & simple examples just SET UP (not worked). Simply creating that cheat sheet will help you review the material, help your brain reconnect the times you saw it, heard it, did it in lab - whatever. Even if you're not allowed a book or even cheat sheet. Make one. Take it in during office hours & review with your TA or professor! Make sure you understand & grasp the application. P.S. First time I've taken a legit test in 5 yrs since graduation - test anxiety & all - and I got a 96! Only 2 wrong & per usual... I turned in my test last.
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Alicia
I don’t believe you have to live within professional limits; it’s essential to utilize your transferable skills to explore more learning experiences.
Earlier in my 13th career as an aerospace & industrial engineer, this was a struggle for me to embrace in a field that felt confining to fit inside of a strictly technical box. I am both technical & enjoy blending innovative ways to be different in everything I do. There is no direct path & in many ways I am still creating my lane of purpose.

It is so crucial to embrace your uniqueness in a world that says be yourself, yet, tries to force you to assimilate to fit into a dominant & socially acceptable culture. Photo cred @jrevesteam #ammorgan #thepeopleengineer #womeninstem
Thanks and follow @briannecmartin for more info on my feature on her page @the_people_engineer We become far greater in our impact empowering others using @RepostRegramApp - #FeatureFriday  Alicia I don’t believe you have to live within professional limits; it’s essential to utilize your transferable skills to explore more learning experiences. Earlier in my 13th career as an aerospace & industrial engineer, this was a struggle for me to embrace in a field that felt confining to fit inside of a strictly technical box. I am both technical & enjoy blending innovative ways to be different in everything I do. There is no direct path & in many ways I am still creating my lane of purpose. It is so crucial to embrace your uniqueness in a world that says be yourself, yet, tries to force you to assimilate to fit into a dominant & socially acceptable culture. Photo cred @jrevesteam #ammorgan  #thepeopleengineer  #womeninstem 
#TBT

As your semester begins there's a lot of stuff to prepare.
The BEST advice I could EVER give is simply this: Meet Upperclassmen.

I was lucky enough to meet 3!

I worked at the campus gym my sophomore yr issuing equipment & keys as my work-study. My hours were either early or late in order to read & do homework. One night, around 9:30 PM, I had my head buried in my book. I was lost & couldn't understand the dang example problem muchless even try the homework for the week. "Ahhh.. Thermo" some guy said as he put his arm up on the counter with my scattered papers, text book, & colored pens.

To my surprise, 2 other guys strolled up and smile. All 3 introduced themselves & explained they were ME majors & juniors; roommates, best friends, & would like to help. I swear it was like a gift from the universe!

I share all this because they not only helped with my thermo hwk that week but they adopted me as their little sister. They'd invite me over, include me in their events, sponsor me with orgs, & would mentor me in career choices, choosing what classes, professors, would share their old homework, quizzes.

You don’t know what you don’t know. Find someone who’s been there – done that.
#TBT  As your semester begins there's a lot of stuff to prepare. The BEST advice I could EVER give is simply this: Meet Upperclassmen. I was lucky enough to meet 3! I worked at the campus gym my sophomore yr issuing equipment & keys as my work-study. My hours were either early or late in order to read & do homework. One night, around 9:30 PM, I had my head buried in my book. I was lost & couldn't understand the dang example problem muchless even try the homework for the week. "Ahhh.. Thermo" some guy said as he put his arm up on the counter with my scattered papers, text book, & colored pens. To my surprise, 2 other guys strolled up and smile. All 3 introduced themselves & explained they were ME majors & juniors; roommates, best friends, & would like to help. I swear it was like a gift from the universe! I share all this because they not only helped with my thermo hwk that week but they adopted me as their little sister. They'd invite me over, include me in their events, sponsor me with orgs, & would mentor me in career choices, choosing what classes, professors, would share their old homework, quizzes. You don’t know what you don’t know. Find someone who’s been there – done that.
#WCW

My dang self! 💪🏼😉 I was taught to be humble. Not to show off - except when I was on stage! Haha! Ever since I was little - I knew that I was a badass but everything & everyone around me told me to simmer down. Be conservative. Not to be so proud of myself or my achievements. Sure - I can always do more, I can surely improve, but I'm pretty dang proud of myself for being who I am, where I am RIGHT. NOW.

From being a free spirited wild child singing on stage & unstoppable in any sport to someone who was too timid to speak her mind afraid of backlash or being seen as dumb, not enough, or even a joke - to taking back my might. It's been a full circle & I'm still trying to make my way.

But like figuring out this Amry obstacle course - I just gotta keep moving. Keep trying new ways, new things. Yes people may have a problem with me. Yes people are going to be a hater & try to find every reason or rather EXCUSE to stop me. But I have something great to share. It's worth a million bucks and only I have the power to choose whether I give or share myself & at what price.

My WCW post of myself is me making a statement - YES, I see you judging me - Ya Dang kaka birds - and I'm gunna keep doin me regardless 🤘
#WCW  My dang self! 💪🏼😉 I was taught to be humble. Not to show off - except when I was on stage! Haha! Ever since I was little - I knew that I was a badass but everything & everyone around me told me to simmer down. Be conservative. Not to be so proud of myself or my achievements. Sure - I can always do more, I can surely improve, but I'm pretty dang proud of myself for being who I am, where I am RIGHT. NOW. From being a free spirited wild child singing on stage & unstoppable in any sport to someone who was too timid to speak her mind afraid of backlash or being seen as dumb, not enough, or even a joke - to taking back my might. It's been a full circle & I'm still trying to make my way. But like figuring out this Amry obstacle course - I just gotta keep moving. Keep trying new ways, new things. Yes people may have a problem with me. Yes people are going to be a hater & try to find every reason or rather EXCUSE to stop me. But I have something great to share. It's worth a million bucks and only I have the power to choose whether I give or share myself & at what price. My WCW post of myself is me making a statement - YES, I see you judging me - Ya Dang kaka birds - and I'm gunna keep doin me regardless 🤘
First ride back 🚲
(last ride was 55 days ago.. 😔) 🏠🐈🐈🚴‍♀️💨🛍️🏬 Can barely breathe. Still incredibly sick. (I was seriously riding with tissues 🤧) Suffered one of the worst migraines of my life for 5 hours yesterday. But today I woke up at 6AM making yet another choice to be a boss.

Sprint triathlon - here I come!
8.47 miles down.

Un Dia a la Vez ☀
First ride back 🚲 (last ride was 55 days ago.. 😔) 🏠🐈🐈🚴‍♀️💨🛍️🏬 Can barely breathe. Still incredibly sick. (I was seriously riding with tissues 🤧) Suffered one of the worst migraines of my life for 5 hours yesterday. But today I woke up at 6AM making yet another choice to be a boss. Sprint triathlon - here I come! 8.47 miles down. Un Dia a la Vez ☀
I love Brianne and how she's impacting this world! Do you guys follow her at @the_people_engineer ? An engineer (automotive advanced manufacturing!) helping super seniors of all engineering backgrounds get to six figures. She's a huge supporter of diversity and changing the engineering industry into a place where we all feel welcomed. Check out her page and you may find a familiar face or two. 😊 #thepeopleengineer #peopleengineer #engineering #students  #engineer #steminist #college #collegetip #shpe #asme #asce #swe #fallsemester #latinasinstem #womeninstem #stemgirls #andipe #mechanicalengineer #ilooklikeanengineer #ingenerias #diversityinengineering #careercoach
I love Brianne and how she's impacting this world! Do you guys follow her at @the_people_engineer ? An engineer (automotive advanced manufacturing!) helping super seniors of all engineering backgrounds get to six figures. She's a huge supporter of diversity and changing the engineering industry into a place where we all feel welcomed. Check out her page and you may find a familiar face or two. 😊 #thepeopleengineer  #peopleengineer  #engineering  #students  #engineer  #steminist  #college  #collegetip  #shpe  #asme  #asce  #swe  #fallsemester  #latinasinstem  #womeninstem  #stemgirls  #andipe  #mechanicalengineer  #ilooklikeanengineer  #ingenerias  #diversityinengineering  #careercoach 
#FeatureFriday Elated to feature my dear friend @dumontandi

Hi I'm Andi! I am a civil engineer who specializes in water resources. This means that I get to solve world-wide water problems. I design new ways to access water supplies, study mechanical & electrical systems that provide drinking water to our communities, and help to safe guard cities when they are in trouble from flooding or drought. And that's just the start! I work with many different private companies and governments to ensure that they have sustainable, innovative solutions for the future of water supply. I love what I do!

My job isn't just math and calculations (in fact, I do that so rarely that I look forward to those tasks!). My job is the art of interacting with people: engineers, regulators, construction managers, and clients. Every day is so different that I started my own blog to track what a 'typical' day looks like! Check it out on AndromedaDuMont.com and my IG @dumontandi where I post every day about something water engineering-related.

This week and I am orchestrating a two-day workshop for operators to learn how to run and maintain a new off-channel reservoir we are building! We'll show them the modes of operation (which valves to turn off and pumps to turn on based on water levels in the river and reservoir), how to respond to an emergency event (such as a hurricane), and when to maintain the equipment. I'm excited because I've invited many specialized engineers from across the country to contribute!

My advice to people is this: Start yakking! Even on the days you don't know what you want for dinner. You're allowed to change your mind but until you communicate your goals, your people can't easily advocate for you! So, taking my own advice, here's what I want! I want to lead a global organization where I can entrepreneur innovative designs; build interdisciplinary, diverse teams; and revamp the culture of the engineering workplace! Come join me on my journey!

#andiPE
#femaleengineer
#womeninengineering
#FeatureFriday  Elated to feature my dear friend @dumontandi Hi I'm Andi! I am a civil engineer who specializes in water resources. This means that I get to solve world-wide water problems. I design new ways to access water supplies, study mechanical & electrical systems that provide drinking water to our communities, and help to safe guard cities when they are in trouble from flooding or drought. And that's just the start! I work with many different private companies and governments to ensure that they have sustainable, innovative solutions for the future of water supply. I love what I do! My job isn't just math and calculations (in fact, I do that so rarely that I look forward to those tasks!). My job is the art of interacting with people: engineers, regulators, construction managers, and clients. Every day is so different that I started my own blog to track what a 'typical' day looks like! Check it out on AndromedaDuMont.com and my IG @dumontandi where I post every day about something water engineering-related. This week and I am orchestrating a two-day workshop for operators to learn how to run and maintain a new off-channel reservoir we are building! We'll show them the modes of operation (which valves to turn off and pumps to turn on based on water levels in the river and reservoir), how to respond to an emergency event (such as a hurricane), and when to maintain the equipment. I'm excited because I've invited many specialized engineers from across the country to contribute! My advice to people is this: Start yakking! Even on the days you don't know what you want for dinner. You're allowed to change your mind but until you communicate your goals, your people can't easily advocate for you! So, taking my own advice, here's what I want! I want to lead a global organization where I can entrepreneur innovative designs; build interdisciplinary, diverse teams; and revamp the culture of the engineering workplace! Come join me on my journey! #andiPE  #femaleengineer  #womeninengineering 
#TBT My First REAL Mentor
Summer 2010
I had just finished my sophomore yr in college & was entering my second internship. But this one was HUGE. This summer I would be working for THE United States Army as an Engineering Technician repairing helicopters down in South Texas.

WOAH! Right?! Backstory – I wanted to show how well rounded I was, how confident I was in my skills and ability – I included my last big achievement. I was a contestant for the Miss Milwaukee pageant. I had never been in pageants, I was the ONLY STEM major in the pageant and the judges told me it was a very close call even through it was my first EVER & quite frankly I had no idea what I was doing.

Cheryl was from South Texas, went to school at USC to get her Aerospace Engineering degree – because – Rocket Science – and was co-lead on the project I would soon be supporting. We still laugh to this day how hard she rolled her eyes when she say "Miss Milwaukee" on my resume but little did she know she'd be the MOST-LIKE-ME person I'd ever find in my life.

Long story short, we hit it off. She was fun, colorful, would wear pink bows in her hair & glittery eyeshadow. She was a boss when it came to anything technical & kept me under her wing so much I got family function invitations. Cheryl believed in me; supported me but she also pushed me. Our mentorship was so strong she would call me out on my ish – demand she expected more from me –& I'd rise to the occasion.

I could never put into words the gratitude I have for this amazing engineer – but also now one of my dearest friends. Taking the time to seek out mentorship & find someone willing to invest in me was the best decision I made that summer. We're still friends today & let me tell you – this amazing woman went to Law school, passed the bar, & is now one of the very few in the world dealing with technical military law.

Be conscious of the people around you. Find mentors & invest in that relationship. Reach out. Follow up. Be intentional with your time, questions, efforts, & goals. I’m lucky enough to have found a mentor who believed more in me that I did myself & helped me reach new heights of my own personal life, confidence, & career.
#TBT  My First REAL Mentor Summer 2010 I had just finished my sophomore yr in college & was entering my second internship. But this one was HUGE. This summer I would be working for THE United States Army as an Engineering Technician repairing helicopters down in South Texas. WOAH! Right?! Backstory – I wanted to show how well rounded I was, how confident I was in my skills and ability – I included my last big achievement. I was a contestant for the Miss Milwaukee pageant. I had never been in pageants, I was the ONLY STEM major in the pageant and the judges told me it was a very close call even through it was my first EVER & quite frankly I had no idea what I was doing. Cheryl was from South Texas, went to school at USC to get her Aerospace Engineering degree – because – Rocket Science – and was co-lead on the project I would soon be supporting. We still laugh to this day how hard she rolled her eyes when she say "Miss Milwaukee" on my resume but little did she know she'd be the MOST-LIKE-ME person I'd ever find in my life. Long story short, we hit it off. She was fun, colorful, would wear pink bows in her hair & glittery eyeshadow. She was a boss when it came to anything technical & kept me under her wing so much I got family function invitations. Cheryl believed in me; supported me but she also pushed me. Our mentorship was so strong she would call me out on my ish – demand she expected more from me –& I'd rise to the occasion. I could never put into words the gratitude I have for this amazing engineer – but also now one of my dearest friends. Taking the time to seek out mentorship & find someone willing to invest in me was the best decision I made that summer. We're still friends today & let me tell you – this amazing woman went to Law school, passed the bar, & is now one of the very few in the world dealing with technical military law. Be conscious of the people around you. Find mentors & invest in that relationship. Reach out. Follow up. Be intentional with your time, questions, efforts, & goals. I’m lucky enough to have found a mentor who believed more in me that I did myself & helped me reach new heights of my own personal life, confidence, & career.
As the new semester begins to creep up on ya, remember to think ahead.

Tip 1: Utilize University Resources

Did you know campus resources is a part of your tuition?
You pay for them!
How often do you use them?

Anything from the campus gym, to the locker room, to the cafeteria or the counseling center, the career center, tutoring, the registrar office, your department’s advisors – all of it!

FUN FACT: Most career centers on university campuses will make you your own business cards with the university logo.

FUN FACT #2: You can schedule mock interviews with Career Counselors or even have a sit down meeting with them to help find you internships in your interested industry!

Fun facts aside – all this crazy cool stuff is there for your use and MOST go UNUSED. YES! Very few go. Tons of students pay for it and then take a back seat on the struggle bus to something they actually have access to.

On a much deeper level, my university's FREE counseling center saved my life.
I was dealing with major depression and anxiety but had no clue what was going on with me.
I able to speak with a counselor.
Long term, I was tested and found reason to be given more time for tests, exams, & quizzes because I had anxiety and was able to work through it all – for free! The counseling center referred me to the disabilities office which helped me learn to study better, gave me a quite – UNDISTRACTED – room to take my tests in!

Yall wouldn't believe. I went from making an 11 on my thermo test 1 to a 56. Sure – still not a MAJOR passing grade, but with the curve I was among the rest of my class.

I share all this, simply because so much of us start falling behind. We feel defeated and if you can make yourself familiar with the resources your school has BEFORE you need them – you’ll be much better off. It’s kind of like knowing where the Emergency Room is before you chop your finger off – believe me. That’s a legit story I’ll mostly likely share in my story.

So let’s be smart together. Before you step foot on campus – or the day you do – spend some time figuring out what all your school offers and make yourself familiar with the people and resources there to help you.
As the new semester begins to creep up on ya, remember to think ahead. Tip 1: Utilize University Resources Did you know campus resources is a part of your tuition? You pay for them! How often do you use them? Anything from the campus gym, to the locker room, to the cafeteria or the counseling center, the career center, tutoring, the registrar office, your department’s advisors – all of it! FUN FACT: Most career centers on university campuses will make you your own business cards with the university logo. FUN FACT #2 : You can schedule mock interviews with Career Counselors or even have a sit down meeting with them to help find you internships in your interested industry! Fun facts aside – all this crazy cool stuff is there for your use and MOST go UNUSED. YES! Very few go. Tons of students pay for it and then take a back seat on the struggle bus to something they actually have access to. On a much deeper level, my university's FREE counseling center saved my life. I was dealing with major depression and anxiety but had no clue what was going on with me. I able to speak with a counselor. Long term, I was tested and found reason to be given more time for tests, exams, & quizzes because I had anxiety and was able to work through it all – for free! The counseling center referred me to the disabilities office which helped me learn to study better, gave me a quite – UNDISTRACTED – room to take my tests in! Yall wouldn't believe. I went from making an 11 on my thermo test 1 to a 56. Sure – still not a MAJOR passing grade, but with the curve I was among the rest of my class. I share all this, simply because so much of us start falling behind. We feel defeated and if you can make yourself familiar with the resources your school has BEFORE you need them – you’ll be much better off. It’s kind of like knowing where the Emergency Room is before you chop your finger off – believe me. That’s a legit story I’ll mostly likely share in my story. So let’s be smart together. Before you step foot on campus – or the day you do – spend some time figuring out what all your school offers and make yourself familiar with the people and resources there to help you.
If I were to ask you "What's the number 1 thing successful people do in order to be successful?" I'm sure the majority of you would say "work hard". But I'm going to share a bit of insight for you. 📊Successful individuals spend about 80% of their time building strong relationships

How often do you think about strategic relationships? What do you think about when you choose where to go out on a Friday night? How are you networking? Why are you networking? 📚 Choosing to invest in yourself will either make or break you

Did you know CEOs read between 50-60 books per year?
Why so many?
Because they know they have to keep growing, they must keep learning or they'll get left behind. When was the last time you invested in yourself?

If you're having a mini panic attack - I got your back.
This Sunday, we'll be hosting a "Start Your Semester Strong 💪🏼" virtual workshop. We will help you wrap up your summer (bc yes, I know what all you've been up to) & get your semester started on the right foot. Let me help you set yourself up for success.

Link in bio 👆
If I were to ask you "What's the number 1 thing successful people do in order to be successful?" I'm sure the majority of you would say "work hard". But I'm going to share a bit of insight for you. 📊Successful individuals spend about 80% of their time building strong relationships How often do you think about strategic relationships? What do you think about when you choose where to go out on a Friday night? How are you networking? Why are you networking? 📚 Choosing to invest in yourself will either make or break you Did you know CEOs read between 50-60 books per year? Why so many? Because they know they have to keep growing, they must keep learning or they'll get left behind. When was the last time you invested in yourself? If you're having a mini panic attack - I got your back. This Sunday, we'll be hosting a "Start Your Semester Strong 💪🏼" virtual workshop. We will help you wrap up your summer (bc yes, I know what all you've been up to) & get your semester started on the right foot. Let me help you set yourself up for success. Link in bio 👆
I'm still here... Somewhere.

I've never been one to sit still too long. My ambition & drive has always proven to be a blessing & a curse. Sometimes.. Mmm... Majority of the time, I over extend myself. I push myself to grow, to be uncomfortable, to test my limits. And go figure, my body & mind have been screaming, yelling, & cursing me.

Working out had been my #1 priority. Meditating 🧘‍♂️ & eating well 🥗 had been serving me well. But old habits die hard - and negative responses call on old coping mechanisms. Taking the time to reign myself back in... Sorting through my living space, unboxing, decluttering, & setting myself up for success in my own home life has refueled me.

I still feel like I'm itching to take off 1M miles/hr again - forcing myself to strategize, be intentional, & slowly but surely get back to posts, sharing, vlogging, & business - we're getting there.

Hope everyone's Saturday is as exhilarating, restful, & rejuvenating as mine has been. And we still have Sunday left...
I'm still here... Somewhere. I've never been one to sit still too long. My ambition & drive has always proven to be a blessing & a curse. Sometimes.. Mmm... Majority of the time, I over extend myself. I push myself to grow, to be uncomfortable, to test my limits. And go figure, my body & mind have been screaming, yelling, & cursing me. Working out had been my #1  priority. Meditating 🧘‍♂️ & eating well 🥗 had been serving me well. But old habits die hard - and negative responses call on old coping mechanisms. Taking the time to reign myself back in... Sorting through my living space, unboxing, decluttering, & setting myself up for success in my own home life has refueled me. I still feel like I'm itching to take off 1M miles/hr again - forcing myself to strategize, be intentional, & slowly but surely get back to posts, sharing, vlogging, & business - we're getting there. Hope everyone's Saturday is as exhilarating, restful, & rejuvenating as mine has been. And we still have Sunday left...
Taking Responsibility For Yourself

It's easy to play a victim; easy to tell yourself that story. 
It's scary to take responsibility; to own up to your flaws, your faults, to simply admit what you know & what you don't know. It's not easy. It takes real courage to fully understand and account for your actions, a lack of, or simply your ignorance.

Today's #WednesdayWisdom is oh too real & a rather challenging topic.
One of the questions I get from young 'soon-to-be' engineers is "what if I don’t know the answer" or "what if they ask me something I don't know".
My response - “that's the point”. Let's think about it. You're a brand new baby engineer.
You're not expected to really KNOW anything. The degree is simply stating that you're a trained learner. You know how to grasp difficult concepts, you're able to work through not so straight forward problems. That's what you're brought in for - as an intern; as an entry level engineer.

The wisdom behind it all is acknowledging you don't know it all and YOU. WILL. FAIL.

It's scary, it hurts, it's not fun but it's a part of the process. The same way all of us didn't turn in a homework, bombed a quiz, or absolutely tanked a test - it will happen to you a professional.
You'll be unprepared. You won't prioritize correctly. You'll completely FORGET about a major milestone or upcoming date & you'll scramble, throw something together, & you'll get called out for it. It happens.

The difference is - how you go about it. You can make every excuse in the book - dog ate my homework, I got sick, it wasn't on my calendar, no one told me about it - or you can own it. Take responsibility. Things get away from us. Rather than make excuses or even give legitimate reasons - create a mitigation plan. Show up, eat humble pie, & admit to how & why you missed it & what you're plan is to never make the same mistake again or how this helped you better understand the expectations, the process, the content - whatever. 
Being a problem solver isn't just about solving the problems around you - but the internal problems you face as an imperfect human, managing yourself, & the crazy chaos that will be life, your company, & your responsibilities.
Taking Responsibility For Yourself It's easy to play a victim; easy to tell yourself that story. It's scary to take responsibility; to own up to your flaws, your faults, to simply admit what you know & what you don't know. It's not easy. It takes real courage to fully understand and account for your actions, a lack of, or simply your ignorance. Today's #WednesdayWisdom  is oh too real & a rather challenging topic. One of the questions I get from young 'soon-to-be' engineers is "what if I don’t know the answer" or "what if they ask me something I don't know". My response - “that's the point”. Let's think about it. You're a brand new baby engineer. You're not expected to really KNOW anything. The degree is simply stating that you're a trained learner. You know how to grasp difficult concepts, you're able to work through not so straight forward problems. That's what you're brought in for - as an intern; as an entry level engineer. The wisdom behind it all is acknowledging you don't know it all and YOU. WILL. FAIL. It's scary, it hurts, it's not fun but it's a part of the process. The same way all of us didn't turn in a homework, bombed a quiz, or absolutely tanked a test - it will happen to you a professional. You'll be unprepared. You won't prioritize correctly. You'll completely FORGET about a major milestone or upcoming date & you'll scramble, throw something together, & you'll get called out for it. It happens. The difference is - how you go about it. You can make every excuse in the book - dog ate my homework, I got sick, it wasn't on my calendar, no one told me about it - or you can own it. Take responsibility. Things get away from us. Rather than make excuses or even give legitimate reasons - create a mitigation plan. Show up, eat humble pie, & admit to how & why you missed it & what you're plan is to never make the same mistake again or how this helped you better understand the expectations, the process, the content - whatever. Being a problem solver isn't just about solving the problems around you - but the internal problems you face as an imperfect human, managing yourself, & the crazy chaos that will be life, your company, & your responsibilities.
Summer is usually the BREAK we get in btwn semesters but sometimes we push ourselves into those dreadful things called 'Summer Classes'. My personal experience wasn't horrendous I actually only had to survive differential equations for ½ the time, the material was condensed, & thankfully my professor was 10x more chill during the summer session than others reported out during regular sessions.

But are they really worth it?
For #TipTuesday here are my top few tips on Summer Classes

Cheaper. Community College Options. More intense but not as many distractions.

Cheaper. Because of the timing, less actual classes, not as many resources open/available on campus, & a slew of other random things – summer classes are usually not as expensive as normal 'Fall/Spring' classes. Capitalize on that – especially if you have financial aid – it still applies!

Community College options. Find basic or even foundational classes that'll transfer into your degree plan to your university/college & register for way less money and way less people. I personally did this for a literature class, a marketing class,, a couple history classes (did online via community college), & for psychology & sociology the summer of my high school graduation! Basic classes are good for GPA boosts sure – but to get these done with less stress, not competing for my attention, hours, availability, & I actually got to enjoy learning random things outside of engineering for awhile – really helped give me a keen focus on my engineering classes.

Lessen your load. Trying to keep up with a strenuous engineering or any STEM degree plan for that matter can be overwhelming. I remember having to make the tough call to NOT be a college athlete because my engineering hours were expected to be 18+ every.single.semester. That was incredibly intimidating even from the beginning. Then add on the SEVERAL classes I had to retake – thank goodness for Summer classes or I don't think I would have made it out alive. Yes, the classes are condensed which makes it impossible for you to miss a class or you nearly miss ¼ of the content. Show up & get it over with! 
Have you taken summer classes? What classes were they?
Summer is usually the BREAK we get in btwn semesters but sometimes we push ourselves into those dreadful things called 'Summer Classes'. My personal experience wasn't horrendous I actually only had to survive differential equations for ½ the time, the material was condensed, & thankfully my professor was 10x more chill during the summer session than others reported out during regular sessions. But are they really worth it? For #TipTuesday  here are my top few tips on Summer Classes Cheaper. Community College Options. More intense but not as many distractions. Cheaper. Because of the timing, less actual classes, not as many resources open/available on campus, & a slew of other random things – summer classes are usually not as expensive as normal 'Fall/Spring' classes. Capitalize on that – especially if you have financial aid – it still applies! Community College options. Find basic or even foundational classes that'll transfer into your degree plan to your university/college & register for way less money and way less people. I personally did this for a literature class, a marketing class,, a couple history classes (did online via community college), & for psychology & sociology the summer of my high school graduation! Basic classes are good for GPA boosts sure – but to get these done with less stress, not competing for my attention, hours, availability, & I actually got to enjoy learning random things outside of engineering for awhile – really helped give me a keen focus on my engineering classes. Lessen your load. Trying to keep up with a strenuous engineering or any STEM degree plan for that matter can be overwhelming. I remember having to make the tough call to NOT be a college athlete because my engineering hours were expected to be 18+ every.single.semester. That was incredibly intimidating even from the beginning. Then add on the SEVERAL classes I had to retake – thank goodness for Summer classes or I don't think I would have made it out alive. Yes, the classes are condensed which makes it impossible for you to miss a class or you nearly miss ¼ of the content. Show up & get it over with! Have you taken summer classes? What classes were they?
When SHPE is life... Successful @shpedfw board of directors meeting this afternoon
When SHPE is life... Successful @shpedfw board of directors meeting this afternoon
#TBT
My first trip to the Middle East - Dubai & Abu Dubai

Yes. As an engineer, I've had the opportunity to travel - alot. And to amazing places! It was always a dream of mine to travel but I never really had a plan or the details laid out on exactly how I would go about doing it. Thankfully, if or when you go into a STEM field - you're essentially hired to be a problem solver in whatever industry, in whatever role. And it's pretty dang limitless!

Because I enjoy solving people problems (hence, The People Engineer 😉) I was able to wiggle my way into the Marketing & Sales department of an organization to be a Customer Account Manager! I oversaw accounts in Africa, the Middle East, Southwest Asia & India!

Having the chance to go to Dubai was such a huge dream goal stretch for me - I didn't know what to do with myself. I didn't know anyone who had ever been, I didn't know anyone who had visited the Middle East who wasn't from there - period. And here I was in my twenties venturing over the water to solve major international air travel problems for MAJOR airlines. Just wow!

Having the chance to travel in general is beyond rewarding. But to a place like Dubai - so rich in diversity, so young in history, but so well known around the world. It was like being in a little corner of the majority of the world! So many different languages! So much innovative architecture! Amazing food!

Was even great to hear the 'glad they finally got a woman in their group' from several of the management teams & they weren't taken back by my being an engineer either. Ha! Totally backwards to what I was used to in America much less Texas.

Love that engineering gave me such an amazing experience as a professional & as a person. I now have an established network in Dubai.

I very much look forward to going back sometime soon. I would highly recommend it to anyone.
#TBT  My first trip to the Middle East - Dubai & Abu Dubai Yes. As an engineer, I've had the opportunity to travel - alot. And to amazing places! It was always a dream of mine to travel but I never really had a plan or the details laid out on exactly how I would go about doing it. Thankfully, if or when you go into a STEM field - you're essentially hired to be a problem solver in whatever industry, in whatever role. And it's pretty dang limitless! Because I enjoy solving people problems (hence, The People Engineer 😉) I was able to wiggle my way into the Marketing & Sales department of an organization to be a Customer Account Manager! I oversaw accounts in Africa, the Middle East, Southwest Asia & India! Having the chance to go to Dubai was such a huge dream goal stretch for me - I didn't know what to do with myself. I didn't know anyone who had ever been, I didn't know anyone who had visited the Middle East who wasn't from there - period. And here I was in my twenties venturing over the water to solve major international air travel problems for MAJOR airlines. Just wow! Having the chance to travel in general is beyond rewarding. But to a place like Dubai - so rich in diversity, so young in history, but so well known around the world. It was like being in a little corner of the majority of the world! So many different languages! So much innovative architecture! Amazing food! Was even great to hear the 'glad they finally got a woman in their group' from several of the management teams & they weren't taken back by my being an engineer either. Ha! Totally backwards to what I was used to in America much less Texas. Love that engineering gave me such an amazing experience as a professional & as a person. I now have an established network in Dubai. I very much look forward to going back sometime soon. I would highly recommend it to anyone.
Trying to have it all figured out can be exhausting. No matter how hard you try, how big you dream, there always seems so much more you could be doing. There's always MORE.

For today's #WednesdayWisdom – a tip of finding a mentor wouldn't scratch the surface.

The WISDOM is acknowledging you don't have to do it alone – regardless of how great the triumph story you're telling yourself is. People who have achieved REAL success will tell you there's no way they could have done it alone. This is the BIGGEST & most important message of THE Arnold Schwarzenegger.

This idea of finding a mentor was common sense to me but was incredibly difficult for me to actually put into practice. Until I joined SHPE (the society of Hispanic professional engineers). I had been a nerd for ASME conferences but I found my unicorn of a mentor at the 1st ever SHPE conference I attended.

If ever I thought I was driven & a woman of many talents – I met my match in Fernando Rosario.

Even though it seemed I was dreaming big & dreaming of the 'impossible' Mr. Rosario was the exact role model I needed in my life. His presentation, his aura, the way he carried himself, his mannerism, the control & finess he lead a room with left me in AWE! I was completely star struck. At 20-something I thought "I wanna be Fernando when I grow up!". He owned his own consulting firm – CHECK! Life goal & here was this amazing man in front of me – doing just that. He was an engineer by trade – CHECK! He was an excellent speaker & presenter – CHECK! He had warm inviting but EXECUTIVE presence about him – CHECK! CHECK!

Any list I could have made on what I wanted to achieve – what I was looking for in a future version of myself was embodied in this man that everyone could absolutely NOT get enough of.

Knowing this man existed brought new life to my dreams of 'having it all'. Having the chance to learn from him, talk to him, attend his workshops & directly ask questions was just WOW! I mean – WOW!!!! Find a mentor. Someone who brings you to life. Nourish relationships. Grow & learn from someone you admire & you’d be amazed at the impact it'll have on your mindset, attitude, & actions!

Who's your mentor?
Trying to have it all figured out can be exhausting. No matter how hard you try, how big you dream, there always seems so much more you could be doing. There's always MORE. For today's #WednesdayWisdom  – a tip of finding a mentor wouldn't scratch the surface. The WISDOM is acknowledging you don't have to do it alone – regardless of how great the triumph story you're telling yourself is. People who have achieved REAL success will tell you there's no way they could have done it alone. This is the BIGGEST & most important message of THE Arnold Schwarzenegger. This idea of finding a mentor was common sense to me but was incredibly difficult for me to actually put into practice. Until I joined SHPE (the society of Hispanic professional engineers). I had been a nerd for ASME conferences but I found my unicorn of a mentor at the 1st ever SHPE conference I attended. If ever I thought I was driven & a woman of many talents – I met my match in Fernando Rosario. Even though it seemed I was dreaming big & dreaming of the 'impossible' Mr. Rosario was the exact role model I needed in my life. His presentation, his aura, the way he carried himself, his mannerism, the control & finess he lead a room with left me in AWE! I was completely star struck. At 20-something I thought "I wanna be Fernando when I grow up!". He owned his own consulting firm – CHECK! Life goal & here was this amazing man in front of me – doing just that. He was an engineer by trade – CHECK! He was an excellent speaker & presenter – CHECK! He had warm inviting but EXECUTIVE presence about him – CHECK! CHECK! Any list I could have made on what I wanted to achieve – what I was looking for in a future version of myself was embodied in this man that everyone could absolutely NOT get enough of. Knowing this man existed brought new life to my dreams of 'having it all'. Having the chance to learn from him, talk to him, attend his workshops & directly ask questions was just WOW! I mean – WOW!!!! Find a mentor. Someone who brings you to life. Nourish relationships. Grow & learn from someone you admire & you’d be amazed at the impact it'll have on your mindset, attitude, & actions! Who's your mentor?
Tip Tuesday: Outline Your Summer Goals

I know, it's Summer and you'd rather take a break but while others are taking breaks and not thinking about their futures, this is a chance for you to get your stuff together & make a huge impact in what lies ahead.

Simply getting organized makes a huge difference in your performance, in your mindset, and overall how you'll execute your plans. 
EXAMPLE: If you start your Fall semester on August 27 & finals are Dec 8 - 14 you only have 15 weeks. Now that may sound like a lot but if you don't have a plan you may be putting more stress and pressure on yourself rather than creating bite size goals feeding into bigger goals to help keep you aligned to what you're really hoping to achieve in LIFE muchless for the semester.

So here's a tip: write out big goals - like LIFE goals. What do you hope to achieve in your lifetime? What's your goal in actually earning your degree?
Then break it up into smaller sub-goals. In order to achieve that big massive LIFE goal, what do you need to do to get there? Then make yourself a to-do list or even a checklist of what you need to do, focus on, or work on in order to get those things done.

Once you have these goals and subtasks listed out, pull out your calendar and give yourself a realistic timeline. Create a target date on when you plan to have each piece complete. If you're like me and have a hard time remembering, set up calendar reminders electronically.

At the end of the day, there's so many options around us, so many things to do, and so many ways to go about doing them it can be overwhelming. Setting clear goals with tasks and deadlines will help aliviate much of the craziness and will narrow down smaller doable tasks. Yes, Summer is a time to enjoy being off of school but it shouldn't be the furthest thing from your mind either. In the grand scheme of things, your college years are limited - you only get one chance - so why not do it right?

Do you have set goals? How are you going about planning and executing them? How are you NOT wasting your summer?
Tip Tuesday: Outline Your Summer Goals I know, it's Summer and you'd rather take a break but while others are taking breaks and not thinking about their futures, this is a chance for you to get your stuff together & make a huge impact in what lies ahead. Simply getting organized makes a huge difference in your performance, in your mindset, and overall how you'll execute your plans. EXAMPLE: If you start your Fall semester on August 27 & finals are Dec 8 - 14 you only have 15 weeks. Now that may sound like a lot but if you don't have a plan you may be putting more stress and pressure on yourself rather than creating bite size goals feeding into bigger goals to help keep you aligned to what you're really hoping to achieve in LIFE muchless for the semester. So here's a tip: write out big goals - like LIFE goals. What do you hope to achieve in your lifetime? What's your goal in actually earning your degree? Then break it up into smaller sub-goals. In order to achieve that big massive LIFE goal, what do you need to do to get there? Then make yourself a to-do list or even a checklist of what you need to do, focus on, or work on in order to get those things done. Once you have these goals and subtasks listed out, pull out your calendar and give yourself a realistic timeline. Create a target date on when you plan to have each piece complete. If you're like me and have a hard time remembering, set up calendar reminders electronically. At the end of the day, there's so many options around us, so many things to do, and so many ways to go about doing them it can be overwhelming. Setting clear goals with tasks and deadlines will help aliviate much of the craziness and will narrow down smaller doable tasks. Yes, Summer is a time to enjoy being off of school but it shouldn't be the furthest thing from your mind either. In the grand scheme of things, your college years are limited - you only get one chance - so why not do it right? Do you have set goals? How are you going about planning and executing them? How are you NOT wasting your summer?
#MotivationalMonday
1st internship - didn't relate to my discipline but I had motivation & understood the importance of filling in my resume as a freshman. 
Thankfully, I landed a gig working for the city's department of engineering knowing it wasn't my discipline or really much of what I was interested in. But I knew having engineering work experience would make a difference. I understood being surrounded by other engineers, especially Professional Engineers (people with P.E. licenses) was going to impact me. Grateful to have the chance to network, learn from, & be mentored by full-time engineers – I put my best foot forward. And frankly, the experience was something I'll never forget. 
That summer I utilized one of the FIRST EVER tablets! [iPads weren't a thing back in 2009; April 2010 was the actual release date btw]
So it was CRAZY to carry around this portable data entry thing that an engineer wrote a custom program for using Access. I was taught what to look for in street health: pushing & shoving in curbs, alligator cracking, how to rate potholes, on & on and I learned SO much! I had no idea someone drove around a work truck, collected data, presented to the Mayor & city council & then requested money by prioritizing the streets that needed the most repairs based on the frequency of their use. It was unreal. Like really – who thinks of that?! We use roads everyday & don't think anything about it until it's down or there's construction, or the pothole is ungodly. 
Another thing I learned that summer was the 'right-of-way' process and how the city can essentially buy pieces of your land, front or back yards simply because the community needs it to expand the road, or sidewalk or bike path – now THAT was mind-boggling! 
So as for my Motivational Monday – I want to continue to push myself; to continue to try things outside my 'expected' roles, responsibilities, & title. I want to continue to learn & be amazed & better understand how the world around me works and to better appreciate the systems currently in place that allow my city, taxes, & engineers to better serve me. 
What's motivating you this Monday?
#MotivationalMonday  1st internship - didn't relate to my discipline but I had motivation & understood the importance of filling in my resume as a freshman. Thankfully, I landed a gig working for the city's department of engineering knowing it wasn't my discipline or really much of what I was interested in. But I knew having engineering work experience would make a difference. I understood being surrounded by other engineers, especially Professional Engineers (people with P.E. licenses) was going to impact me. Grateful to have the chance to network, learn from, & be mentored by full-time engineers – I put my best foot forward. And frankly, the experience was something I'll never forget. That summer I utilized one of the FIRST EVER tablets! [iPads weren't a thing back in 2009; April 2010 was the actual release date btw] So it was CRAZY to carry around this portable data entry thing that an engineer wrote a custom program for using Access. I was taught what to look for in street health: pushing & shoving in curbs, alligator cracking, how to rate potholes, on & on and I learned SO much! I had no idea someone drove around a work truck, collected data, presented to the Mayor & city council & then requested money by prioritizing the streets that needed the most repairs based on the frequency of their use. It was unreal. Like really – who thinks of that?! We use roads everyday & don't think anything about it until it's down or there's construction, or the pothole is ungodly. Another thing I learned that summer was the 'right-of-way' process and how the city can essentially buy pieces of your land, front or back yards simply because the community needs it to expand the road, or sidewalk or bike path – now THAT was mind-boggling! So as for my Motivational Monday – I want to continue to push myself; to continue to try things outside my 'expected' roles, responsibilities, & title. I want to continue to learn & be amazed & better understand how the world around me works and to better appreciate the systems currently in place that allow my city, taxes, & engineers to better serve me. What's motivating you this Monday?
My office for the day... Life of a manufacturing engineer

#AdventuresOfBrianne #thePeopleEngineer #Engineer
Exhausted. Nonstop traveling.

Delayed flight after delayed flight. I just wanna go home... Instead I'm heading to Houston for my best friend since 7th grade's wedding tomorrow.

The things you do for love... #nationalselfieday #scientistswhoselfie #AdventuresOfBrianne
#TipTuesday

GPA isn't the only thing you should be worried about... Yes, GPA is important but if all you have is a squeeky clean 'I can take tests' number to show for your learning & aptitude, you'll be in trouble.

Learning happens in many different ways & styles. The more ways you exposure yourself to - the more valuable you'll be. If you're only 'book smart' you'll be limited. Industry professionals are expected to be adaptable. Engineers are understood to be 'trained learners' and should know how to be resourceful. If the only resource you know how to use is a book - start looking for more ways to learn. Search for hands-on learning. Look for ways to get real world experience even if it isn't a fancy 'engineering title' or legit internship.

Get your hands & feet dirty & discover all the ways engineering & your degree touch the world in limitless ways!
#TipTuesday  GPA isn't the only thing you should be worried about... Yes, GPA is important but if all you have is a squeeky clean 'I can take tests' number to show for your learning & aptitude, you'll be in trouble. Learning happens in many different ways & styles. The more ways you exposure yourself to - the more valuable you'll be. If you're only 'book smart' you'll be limited. Industry professionals are expected to be adaptable. Engineers are understood to be 'trained learners' and should know how to be resourceful. If the only resource you know how to use is a book - start looking for more ways to learn. Search for hands-on learning. Look for ways to get real world experience even if it isn't a fancy 'engineering title' or legit internship. Get your hands & feet dirty & discover all the ways engineering & your degree touch the world in limitless ways!
#MondayMotivation

A recent chemical engineer graduates from our Super Senior Support Group on Facebook is starting his first day as a full-time engineer. It's quite exciting and yet nerve-racking to change from the norm of classes, professors, your friends, & campus to now being a full-time responsible results-driving engineer. It's what we're all working towards -  that big END GOAL. 
Of all the grueling proofs, integrals, and free-body-diagrams - it'll all pay off.
Keep your head up.

What's keeping you motivated this week? Are you working towards your first internship? Maybe this summer is your first chance at trying research? Are you taking summer classes to work a Co-Op this Fall? Are you grinding in hopes to get a raise, promotion, or to build your resume to move into management?
Let me know in the comments below.
#MondayMotivation  A recent chemical engineer graduates from our Super Senior Support Group on Facebook is starting his first day as a full-time engineer. It's quite exciting and yet nerve-racking to change from the norm of classes, professors, your friends, & campus to now being a full-time responsible results-driving engineer. It's what we're all working towards - that big END GOAL. Of all the grueling proofs, integrals, and free-body-diagrams - it'll all pay off. Keep your head up. What's keeping you motivated this week? Are you working towards your first internship? Maybe this summer is your first chance at trying research? Are you taking summer classes to work a Co-Op this Fall? Are you grinding in hopes to get a raise, promotion, or to build your resume to move into management? Let me know in the comments below.
#AdventuresOfBrianne

Dinner w a side of Conference Call 🤙

I absolutely love travel. I say that alot, bc I truly truly do. It's a dream come to to be able to hop on a plane & take off. I thoroughly enjoy the chance to work with suppliers face to face but it can be stressful.

Today I landed in Dayton, Ohio only to be denied the keys to my rental car. I had my ID stolen over 2 months ago & with work being so hectic I have not had the chance to leave during work hours to go get a replacement.

Long story short, my go-to car rental company made it work & I have checked into 4 different locations using a scan of my Drivers License. Not today.

So I had to take a Lyft from the airport to my hotel. I was supposed to be on-site at the supplier all afternoon & tomorrow. Now the plan is to catch a Lyft 45 mins out & ask the president of the company to drop me off at the airport *palm-to-forehead 😒 talk about embarrassing. Haha! But oh well. Kaka happens.

So yeah. I'm emotionally drained from respectfully fighting with & standing my ground on principles w the goofy car rental place (who will never get my business again btw), to stressing out about whether or not I wasted my time even flying up, to literally falling asleep trying to catch up & get through a plethora of emails.

My phone ringing woke me up. The time being 5pm reminded me I hadn't eaten lunch & since I had a daily report out meeting with my boss & his boss, here I am. At dinner, on a call, in my workout clothes that I won't be using other than to sleep in! 😴

I'm beyond exhausted but that's a part of it. Happy Thursday to you all & to all... A good night! ✌️ #ThursdayThoughts
#AdventuresOfBrianne  Dinner w a side of Conference Call 🤙 I absolutely love travel. I say that alot, bc I truly truly do. It's a dream come to to be able to hop on a plane & take off. I thoroughly enjoy the chance to work with suppliers face to face but it can be stressful. Today I landed in Dayton, Ohio only to be denied the keys to my rental car. I had my ID stolen over 2 months ago & with work being so hectic I have not had the chance to leave during work hours to go get a replacement. Long story short, my go-to car rental company made it work & I have checked into 4 different locations using a scan of my Drivers License. Not today. So I had to take a Lyft from the airport to my hotel. I was supposed to be on-site at the supplier all afternoon & tomorrow. Now the plan is to catch a Lyft 45 mins out & ask the president of the company to drop me off at the airport *palm-to-forehead 😒 talk about embarrassing. Haha! But oh well. Kaka happens. So yeah. I'm emotionally drained from respectfully fighting with & standing my ground on principles w the goofy car rental place (who will never get my business again btw), to stressing out about whether or not I wasted my time even flying up, to literally falling asleep trying to catch up & get through a plethora of emails. My phone ringing woke me up. The time being 5pm reminded me I hadn't eaten lunch & since I had a daily report out meeting with my boss & his boss, here I am. At dinner, on a call, in my workout clothes that I won't be using other than to sleep in! 😴 I'm beyond exhausted but that's a part of it. Happy Thursday to you all & to all... A good night! ✌️ #ThursdayThoughts 
It’s Friday! 
And this will be our first ever FEATURE Friday!
Figure this would be as good a time as any to actually introduce myself. 
Hi! I’m Brianne aka The People Engineer. 
I’m a mechanical engineer by trade with over 8 years of experience in multiple engineering industries. To say I enjoy learning would be the understatement of a lifetime. I’m pretty much obsessed with learning. Over the last decade, I’ve learned to just how applicable engineering is to everyday life and am overjoyed to share my own journey, stories and experiences I’ve learned from, & to share what I’ve learned from others.

As an engineer, I’m a lover of any & all things technical, innovative, & process driven.
Fun fact: I’m also a musician & athlete so I LIVE for people, interaction, & improvement.
Another fun fact: I’m an entrepreneur & enjoy leadership, personal, & professional development. 
My experience has been from serving as an Engineering Technician for the US Army doing helicopter repairs to designing pressure vessels then started at an international aerospace company as a Tooling Engineer. Once at the Aerospace company, I realized how much I enjoyed manufacturing and created my own internal rotational program: Tooling Engineer —> Liaison Engineer —> Customer Account Manager overseeing accounts in Africa, Middle East, & SW Asia. In 2017 I started my own consulting firm & ended up working for an automotive manufacturer as an Advanced Manufacturing Engineer. 
I enjoy traveling, playing music, singing, dancing, photography, hiking, camping, kayaking and sports. Any questions at all, please post em below and I’d be happy to answer or share more.
Looking forward to getting to know you all more & helping in any way I can.

#FeatureFriday #FeatureFridays #thePeopleEngineer #Engineer #engineering #EngineerToEntrepreneur
It’s Friday! And this will be our first ever FEATURE Friday! Figure this would be as good a time as any to actually introduce myself. Hi! I’m Brianne aka The People Engineer. I’m a mechanical engineer by trade with over 8 years of experience in multiple engineering industries. To say I enjoy learning would be the understatement of a lifetime. I’m pretty much obsessed with learning. Over the last decade, I’ve learned to just how applicable engineering is to everyday life and am overjoyed to share my own journey, stories and experiences I’ve learned from, & to share what I’ve learned from others. As an engineer, I’m a lover of any & all things technical, innovative, & process driven. Fun fact: I’m also a musician & athlete so I LIVE for people, interaction, & improvement. Another fun fact: I’m an entrepreneur & enjoy leadership, personal, & professional development. My experience has been from serving as an Engineering Technician for the US Army doing helicopter repairs to designing pressure vessels then started at an international aerospace company as a Tooling Engineer. Once at the Aerospace company, I realized how much I enjoyed manufacturing and created my own internal rotational program: Tooling Engineer —> Liaison Engineer —> Customer Account Manager overseeing accounts in Africa, Middle East, & SW Asia. In 2017 I started my own consulting firm & ended up working for an automotive manufacturer as an Advanced Manufacturing Engineer. I enjoy traveling, playing music, singing, dancing, photography, hiking, camping, kayaking and sports. Any questions at all, please post em below and I’d be happy to answer or share more. Looking forward to getting to know you all more & helping in any way I can. #FeatureFriday  #FeatureFridays  #thePeopleEngineer  #Engineer  #engineering  #EngineerToEntrepreneur 
I'm so incredibly grateful for the life I live... 👫 A passionate ambitious man who supports me & my dreams 🚚 A job that challenges me, provides opportunities for me to grow & master skills ✈ Being able to travel as often as I do - for whatever reason - I some how find myself on a plane

So much more to be thankful for but not enough characters in an Instagram post... #AdventuresOfBrianne 
#LivingMyBestLife
I'm so incredibly grateful for the life I live... 👫 A passionate ambitious man who supports me & my dreams 🚚 A job that challenges me, provides opportunities for me to grow & master skills ✈ Being able to travel as often as I do - for whatever reason - I some how find myself on a plane So much more to be thankful for but not enough characters in an Instagram post... #AdventuresOfBrianne  #LivingMyBestLife 
#WednesdayWisdom

How do you keep track of all the craziness of life?

Hindsight is 20/20. Wisdom I wished someone had shared with me earlier in college was how powerful a calendar could be. Granted, I bought calendars, filled them out to the best of my ability but to the point of checking in weekly to review what all I was doing - not just doing things to 'do things'. I had never really set FUTURE goals & planned out a step by step process as to how I was going to go about achieving it. Even with classes. I knew I was aiming for an A... okay.. I would have been elated with a B but I never planned out what all I needed to do, how much time I need to allocate TO studying, tutoring, office hours, etc. Sure, they all had a place in my calendar to serve as a reminder but did I really keep up with every little block in the time slots? No.

Did I realize how much it would hurt me missing 1 tutoring session after another after another...? No. Honestly, I didn't even realize how many I had missed. Or even missing class. Life happens. You don't feel well, a dog dies, your friend gets in an accident & then lo & behold you've missed nearly 4 classes! that's ALOT!

Making it a point to PLAN your  schedule will make or break you. Finding a way to break up your goals for the month, semester, & year - YES! YEAR - will make the world of a difference.

Do you calendar? Are you old school & do pen & paper? Do you have a specific planner you cannot live without? Are you straight up electronic? What do you do to help yourself set yourself up for success?
#WednesdayWisdom  How do you keep track of all the craziness of life? Hindsight is 20/20. Wisdom I wished someone had shared with me earlier in college was how powerful a calendar could be. Granted, I bought calendars, filled them out to the best of my ability but to the point of checking in weekly to review what all I was doing - not just doing things to 'do things'. I had never really set FUTURE goals & planned out a step by step process as to how I was going to go about achieving it. Even with classes. I knew I was aiming for an A... okay.. I would have been elated with a B but I never planned out what all I needed to do, how much time I need to allocate TO studying, tutoring, office hours, etc. Sure, they all had a place in my calendar to serve as a reminder but did I really keep up with every little block in the time slots? No. Did I realize how much it would hurt me missing 1 tutoring session after another after another...? No. Honestly, I didn't even realize how many I had missed. Or even missing class. Life happens. You don't feel well, a dog dies, your friend gets in an accident & then lo & behold you've missed nearly 4 classes! that's ALOT! Making it a point to PLAN your schedule will make or break you. Finding a way to break up your goals for the month, semester, & year - YES! YEAR - will make the world of a difference. Do you calendar? Are you old school & do pen & paper? Do you have a specific planner you cannot live without? Are you straight up electronic? What do you do to help yourself set yourself up for success?
"The best way to learn is to teach" - Frank Oppenheimer

#TipTuesday

Is there a particular class eating your lunch? A specific concept or chapter that you just cannot wrap your brain around if your life depended on it?

This summer, find a way to volunteer. Become a tutor. Find any excuse for you to have the opportunity to teach someone 👩🏽‍🏫
It doesn't have to be another student think of elementary kids or middle school students. There are tons of Summer camps, especially STEM camps. Find one in your nearby neighborhood & ask if you could help host a fun STEM activity.

How will this help you?
For many reasons, but majority of it is simply dumbing it down. When you look at a concept in textbook, they usually provide the proof, the integral equation, the dots over a bunch of letters & it becomes a review of every single class you've taken thus far 📚. Pull away from that. Find a simple 'thermo' STEM activity like building a volcano 🌋 or making ice cream from scratch ❄. Whatever subject it is. If it's physics, host an 'egg 🥚 drop'... The list goes on & on.

Taking the time to teach others ACTUALLY helps you better understand. Breaking it down into simplified steps for someone much younger than you helps you better understand the concept yourself - especially if it's hands on learning.

If you haven't already done so or you're not sure how or where to get involved - hit me up in the comments.

If you have volunteered or learned through teaching - share your favorite or most transformative experience below! We'd all love to nerd out with you! 🤓
"The best way to learn is to teach" - Frank Oppenheimer #TipTuesday  Is there a particular class eating your lunch? A specific concept or chapter that you just cannot wrap your brain around if your life depended on it? This summer, find a way to volunteer. Become a tutor. Find any excuse for you to have the opportunity to teach someone 👩🏽‍🏫 It doesn't have to be another student think of elementary kids or middle school students. There are tons of Summer camps, especially STEM camps. Find one in your nearby neighborhood & ask if you could help host a fun STEM activity. How will this help you? For many reasons, but majority of it is simply dumbing it down. When you look at a concept in textbook, they usually provide the proof, the integral equation, the dots over a bunch of letters & it becomes a review of every single class you've taken thus far 📚. Pull away from that. Find a simple 'thermo' STEM activity like building a volcano 🌋 or making ice cream from scratch ❄. Whatever subject it is. If it's physics, host an 'egg 🥚 drop'... The list goes on & on. Taking the time to teach others ACTUALLY helps you better understand. Breaking it down into simplified steps for someone much younger than you helps you better understand the concept yourself - especially if it's hands on learning. If you haven't already done so or you're not sure how or where to get involved - hit me up in the comments. If you have volunteered or learned through teaching - share your favorite or most transformative experience below! We'd all love to nerd out with you! 🤓
What's your WHY?

Why are you pursing engineering? Why STEM? ✈Are you hoping to travel the world?
💡Do you plan to have a major impact on society?
🏡 Do you want to help buy your mom a house? 🏎 Would you like to buy your dad his dream car? 👶 Are you hoping your kids won't have to struggle the way you did growing up?
💻 Do you want to be able to innovate & be a thought leader in industry?
🐴Are you hoping to be able to get away from it all & have land w tons of animals!? 🐮🐶
💵 Would you simply like to have enough money to not live pay check to pay check?

Whatever your reason for going into a STEM degree is - take a moment to remind yourself - especially during Summer. We all get sooo busy, overwhelmed, & overbooked during the school semesters we tend to be fried & burnt out by Summer.

Instead of totally checking out, remind yourself as to why you started in the first place. What can you do to move yourself just a little forward. What's in your control right now to help ensure you're setting yourself up for success? What baby things can you do to NOT waste your summer?

Comment below & share your WHY - can't wait to hear what's your motivation.

#MondayMotivation
What's your WHY? Why are you pursing engineering? Why STEM? ✈Are you hoping to travel the world? 💡Do you plan to have a major impact on society? 🏡 Do you want to help buy your mom a house? 🏎 Would you like to buy your dad his dream car? 👶 Are you hoping your kids won't have to struggle the way you did growing up? 💻 Do you want to be able to innovate & be a thought leader in industry? 🐴Are you hoping to be able to get away from it all & have land w tons of animals!? 🐮🐶 💵 Would you simply like to have enough money to not live pay check to pay check? Whatever your reason for going into a STEM degree is - take a moment to remind yourself - especially during Summer. We all get sooo busy, overwhelmed, & overbooked during the school semesters we tend to be fried & burnt out by Summer. Instead of totally checking out, remind yourself as to why you started in the first place. What can you do to move yourself just a little forward. What's in your control right now to help ensure you're setting yourself up for success? What baby things can you do to NOT waste your summer? Comment below & share your WHY - can't wait to hear what's your motivation. #MondayMotivation 
#fridayfeeling

Exhausted. Beat. Drained. Needing replenishment.
And that's even with only a 4 day week.

All self help encourages you to push yourself outside your comfort zone but very few take the leap & very few talk about failing when going outside they're expertise.

I've been an athlete my whole life - I enjoy being challenged, I enjoy growing. I love the sense of accomplishment after having to work hard for something. But burnout is a definitely a real thing.

Everyone has a limit and knowing yours makes a huge difference. No 2 people are the same. No 2 teams are the same. No 2 projects are ever the same.

As I've made it a point to take care of myself first & foremost - it becomes more apparent - I'm finally paying attention enough to see, feel, & understand my limits. For the last decade I've been pushing. Grinding. Putting my head down & pushing onward when my health was being sacrificed.

Finding out I have a lump in my thyroid that could possibly be cancer was a rude awakening. Acknowledging how little I was paying attention to my diet, my body, my sleep... Now making it a priority is a fight. Not working on my businesses everyday. Not being a workaholic bc there will always be MORE work.

Pushing through & prioritizing myself above the 'social norm' is a battle all on its own. How's your Friday looking?

#friday
#fridayfeeling  Exhausted. Beat. Drained. Needing replenishment. And that's even with only a 4 day week. All self help encourages you to push yourself outside your comfort zone but very few take the leap & very few talk about failing when going outside they're expertise. I've been an athlete my whole life - I enjoy being challenged, I enjoy growing. I love the sense of accomplishment after having to work hard for something. But burnout is a definitely a real thing. Everyone has a limit and knowing yours makes a huge difference. No 2 people are the same. No 2 teams are the same. No 2 projects are ever the same. As I've made it a point to take care of myself first & foremost - it becomes more apparent - I'm finally paying attention enough to see, feel, & understand my limits. For the last decade I've been pushing. Grinding. Putting my head down & pushing onward when my health was being sacrificed. Finding out I have a lump in my thyroid that could possibly be cancer was a rude awakening. Acknowledging how little I was paying attention to my diet, my body, my sleep... Now making it a priority is a fight. Not working on my businesses everyday. Not being a workaholic bc there will always be MORE work. Pushing through & prioritizing myself above the 'social norm' is a battle all on its own. How's your Friday looking? #friday 
#Repost @adventuresofbrianne with @get_repost
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Now... We add threads.

#AdventuresOfBrianne #thePeopleEngineer #LatinaEngineer #femaleengineer #womenInEngineering
Lathe Work 👩🏽‍🔧 A lathe /leɪð/ is a tool that rotates the workpiece about an axis of rotation to perform various operations such as cutting, sanding, knurling, drilling, deformation, facing, and turning, with tools that are applied to the workpiece to create an object with symmetryabout that axis.

Lathes are used in woodturning, metalworking, metal spinning, thermal spraying, parts reclamation, and glass-working. Lathes can be used to shape pottery, the best-known design being the potter's wheel. Most suitably equipped metalworking lathes can also be used to produce most solids of revolution, plane surfaces and screw threads or helices. Ornamental lathes can produce three-dimensional solids of incredible complexity. The workpiece is usually held in place by either one or two centers, at least one of which can typically be moved horizontally to accommodate varying workpiece lengths. Other work-holding methods include clamping the work about the axis of rotation using a chuck or collet, or to a faceplate, using clamps or dogs.
Lathe Work 👩🏽‍🔧 A lathe /leɪð/ is a tool that rotates the workpiece about an axis of rotation to perform various operations such as cutting, sanding, knurling, drilling, deformation, facing, and turning, with tools that are applied to the workpiece to create an object with symmetryabout that axis. Lathes are used in woodturning, metalworking, metal spinning, thermal spraying, parts reclamation, and glass-working. Lathes can be used to shape pottery, the best-known design being the potter's wheel. Most suitably equipped metalworking lathes can also be used to produce most solids of revolution, plane surfaces and screw threads or helices. Ornamental lathes can produce three-dimensional solids of incredible complexity. The workpiece is usually held in place by either one or two centers, at least one of which can typically be moved horizontally to accommodate varying workpiece lengths. Other work-holding methods include clamping the work about the axis of rotation using a chuck or collet, or to a faceplate, using clamps or dogs.
Nothing like a day on the trail!

Loved getting a sweat on, a bit of hiking, enjoying the chance to get outside & get some fresh air 🍃

#AdventuresOfBrianne #thePeopleEngineer #getOutside #hiking #Dentoning #outdoors
When it's 7:00 in the evening and you're still reviewing your designs with your design engineer lead after the week kicked your butt. 
This week has been insanely stressful. As fun as engineering is, it's definitely a kaka ton of responsibility. I failed this week. I failed my boss & my boss's boss. I failed my team. I promised my assembly line they'd have enough racks to support a trial run of brand new product being implemented. I had timelines. I gave myself cushion & fluff time for 'unforeseeable mishaps' & I still missed it! I documented. I planned. I communicated. I was flexible. I was stern. I created mitigation plans.

You can create all the plans in the world & still something will go wrong. You can do everything in your control - do everything by the book & still fail. It happens. As frustrated & disappointed as I am in myself & my supplier I'm grateful to be on the team that I am. I appreciate the support & encouragement from my chain of command & my peers. I felt defeated. I was in over my head & did the best I could. And the second I fell on my face - hard - I had people come to my side.

Where another supplier failed - and nearly killed the only success I had left, I mitigated the situation & was able to ship 98%. In doing so, I gained insight & learned of other issues I was unaware but I learned.

I share this picture bc regardless of how frustrated and OVER IT I was, I couldn't leave until my work was done. As I felt myself in a horrible mood, I told myself I'd do something nice & took my designer for his FIRST EVER Dairy Queen blizzard in btwn our late night reviews.

Making it a point to smile, still be disappointed but not let failure define me or keep me down. I enjoy solving problems & getting cornered into a new set of constraints will only help me grow & develop further. As I sat in my managers office going line by line on every next step he acknowledged how demoralizing our meeting was but reminded me 'it's done now. How you choose to show up & respond to this is what we're needing & expecting from you'. So yeah. Re-reviewing & verifying every last detail so my designer has what he needs for weekend edits is how I'm showing up...
When it's 7:00 in the evening and you're still reviewing your designs with your design engineer lead after the week kicked your butt. This week has been insanely stressful. As fun as engineering is, it's definitely a kaka ton of responsibility. I failed this week. I failed my boss & my boss's boss. I failed my team. I promised my assembly line they'd have enough racks to support a trial run of brand new product being implemented. I had timelines. I gave myself cushion & fluff time for 'unforeseeable mishaps' & I still missed it! I documented. I planned. I communicated. I was flexible. I was stern. I created mitigation plans. You can create all the plans in the world & still something will go wrong. You can do everything in your control - do everything by the book & still fail. It happens. As frustrated & disappointed as I am in myself & my supplier I'm grateful to be on the team that I am. I appreciate the support & encouragement from my chain of command & my peers. I felt defeated. I was in over my head & did the best I could. And the second I fell on my face - hard - I had people come to my side. Where another supplier failed - and nearly killed the only success I had left, I mitigated the situation & was able to ship 98%. In doing so, I gained insight & learned of other issues I was unaware but I learned. I share this picture bc regardless of how frustrated and OVER IT I was, I couldn't leave until my work was done. As I felt myself in a horrible mood, I told myself I'd do something nice & took my designer for his FIRST EVER Dairy Queen blizzard in btwn our late night reviews. Making it a point to smile, still be disappointed but not let failure define me or keep me down. I enjoy solving problems & getting cornered into a new set of constraints will only help me grow & develop further. As I sat in my managers office going line by line on every next step he acknowledged how demoralizing our meeting was but reminded me 'it's done now. How you choose to show up & respond to this is what we're needing & expecting from you'. So yeah. Re-reviewing & verifying every last detail so my designer has what he needs for weekend edits is how I'm showing up...
Cuando tu pluma de ingeniera ✏ resulta ser súper útil 
Emocionarte con la funcionalidad puede parecer algo chistoso hasta que llega el momento en que lo necesitas y eres la única preparada. 
Los datos son clave, los números no mienten. Por eso los resultados son tan importantes en cualquier situación. Como mides es lo que hace la diferencia. Tener una representación visual ayuda a ver como DEBERÍAN ser las cosas vs como están ahorita. 
El solo tener la información y reconocerlo es algo muy poderoso. 
#Repost ・・・@adventuresofbrianne 
When your Enginerd pen ✏ comes in handy

Nerding out about functionality may be comical until you have a moment when it's totally necessary & you are the only one prepared.

Data is king. Legit. Numbers don't lie. That's why results are so important in any situation. Hard evidence. A way to measure - gague - makes all the difference. Simply having a visual representation shows where something SHOULD be versus where it currently is.

Simply having that information & acknowledging that gap is powerful!! But you've gotta be willing to take the time to measure. Take time to pay attention to the details. How can you capture a screenshot? What's the main take away you want to get & want to share? Gather that data in any & every form you can - while you're there.

For me, reviewing desgins & functions are better left in visualizations. I could simply say 'it was weird - the assembled arms weren't straight' or I could send this picture. Visuals are powerful. Tools help us get our point across & the hard data/comparison isn't something someone can deny.

Remember that next time you're trying to find way to explain the gap, the delta, or acknowledge the improvement opportunities... #AdventuresOfBrianne #thePeopleEngineer
Cuando tu pluma de ingeniera ✏ resulta ser súper útil Emocionarte con la funcionalidad puede parecer algo chistoso hasta que llega el momento en que lo necesitas y eres la única preparada. Los datos son clave, los números no mienten. Por eso los resultados son tan importantes en cualquier situación. Como mides es lo que hace la diferencia. Tener una representación visual ayuda a ver como DEBERÍAN ser las cosas vs como están ahorita. El solo tener la información y reconocerlo es algo muy poderoso. #Repost  ・・・@adventuresofbrianne When your Enginerd pen ✏ comes in handy Nerding out about functionality may be comical until you have a moment when it's totally necessary & you are the only one prepared. Data is king. Legit. Numbers don't lie. That's why results are so important in any situation. Hard evidence. A way to measure - gague - makes all the difference. Simply having a visual representation shows where something SHOULD be versus where it currently is. Simply having that information & acknowledging that gap is powerful!! But you've gotta be willing to take the time to measure. Take time to pay attention to the details. How can you capture a screenshot? What's the main take away you want to get & want to share? Gather that data in any & every form you can - while you're there. For me, reviewing desgins & functions are better left in visualizations. I could simply say 'it was weird - the assembled arms weren't straight' or I could send this picture. Visuals are powerful. Tools help us get our point across & the hard data/comparison isn't something someone can deny. Remember that next time you're trying to find way to explain the gap, the delta, or acknowledge the improvement opportunities... #AdventuresOfBrianne  #thePeopleEngineer 
When your Enginerd pen ✏ comes in handy

Nerding out about functionality may be comical until you have a moment when it's totally necessary & you are the only one prepared.

Data is king. Legit. Numbers don't lie. That's why results are so important in any situation. Hard evidence. A way to measure - gague - makes all the difference. Simply having a visual representation shows where something SHOULD be versus where it currently is.

Simply having that information & acknowledging that gap is powerful!! But you've gotta be willing to take the time to measure. Take time to pay attention to the details. How can you capture a screenshot? What's the main take away you want to get & want to share? Gather that data in any & every form you can - while you're there.

For me, reviewing desgins & functions are better left in visualizations. I could simply say 'it was weird - the assembled arms weren't straight' or I could send this picture. Visuals are powerful. Tools help us get our point across & the hard data/comparison isn't something someone can deny.

Remember that next time you're trying to find way to explain the gap, the delta, or acknowledge the improvement opportunities... #AdventuresOfBrianne #thePeopleEngineer
When your Enginerd pen ✏ comes in handy Nerding out about functionality may be comical until you have a moment when it's totally necessary & you are the only one prepared. Data is king. Legit. Numbers don't lie. That's why results are so important in any situation. Hard evidence. A way to measure - gague - makes all the difference. Simply having a visual representation shows where something SHOULD be versus where it currently is. Simply having that information & acknowledging that gap is powerful!! But you've gotta be willing to take the time to measure. Take time to pay attention to the details. How can you capture a screenshot? What's the main take away you want to get & want to share? Gather that data in any & every form you can - while you're there. For me, reviewing desgins & functions are better left in visualizations. I could simply say 'it was weird - the assembled arms weren't straight' or I could send this picture. Visuals are powerful. Tools help us get our point across & the hard data/comparison isn't something someone can deny. Remember that next time you're trying to find way to explain the gap, the delta, or acknowledge the improvement opportunities... #AdventuresOfBrianne  #thePeopleEngineer 
Yesterday was more magical than I could have imagined. The love of my life, my nephew Lukas turned 1! (well he turned 1 Thursday but we had his party yesterday...) Having a baby in the family has change our family dynamic for the better and we were already a pretty tight knit unit. The joy & laughter & excitement he brings to the world is simply astonishing. He has such a big personality & his smile melts my soul. I couldn't have imagined a little being could have such a big impact on my life.

Seeing his gorgeous curls & all 6 teeth makes me appreciate life in general but also puts a lot in perspective. It feels like a few weeks ago I was anxiously checking my phone every 5 minutes to know when I could take off to Austin to be there when @blakecathryn would bring this angel into this world.

Having the family all come together. Seeing how great of a mother my little sister is; how her family has extended from the 4 of us to 4x that. Wow!

It was a beautiful day, a wonderful celebration, & of course - I loved the construction 🚧 theme... Maybe not as much as my civil engineer 👷🏽‍♂️ bf but pretty dang in love. Ha!

#AdventuresOfBrianne #thePeopleEngineer #nephew #lah #LukasAiden #FirstBirthday
Yesterday was more magical than I could have imagined. The love of my life, my nephew Lukas turned 1! (well he turned 1 Thursday but we had his party yesterday...) Having a baby in the family has change our family dynamic for the better and we were already a pretty tight knit unit. The joy & laughter & excitement he brings to the world is simply astonishing. He has such a big personality & his smile melts my soul. I couldn't have imagined a little being could have such a big impact on my life. Seeing his gorgeous curls & all 6 teeth makes me appreciate life in general but also puts a lot in perspective. It feels like a few weeks ago I was anxiously checking my phone every 5 minutes to know when I could take off to Austin to be there when @blakecathryn would bring this angel into this world. Having the family all come together. Seeing how great of a mother my little sister is; how her family has extended from the 4 of us to 4x that. Wow! It was a beautiful day, a wonderful celebration, & of course - I loved the construction 🚧 theme... Maybe not as much as my civil engineer 👷🏽‍♂️ bf but pretty dang in love. Ha! #AdventuresOfBrianne  #thePeopleEngineer  #nephew  #lah  #LukasAiden  #FirstBirthday 
#MondayMotivation

When Engineering is bae... bc it is!

Having a love/hate relationship with something simply means that you have a relationship. Ha! Have you ever loved something so much you hate how much you love it? Have you ever hated something but ended up loving it bc you simply had such a strong emotional tie to it?

My relationship with engineering has always been interesting. I've always loved math & science but it stopped loving me back in 8th grade 💔

I LOVE trigonometry 📐 & geometry but I ABHORE Algebra & Calculus📉. I'm obsessed with physics 🚀 but cringe at chemistry ⚗. Understanding my strengths & weaknesses only allow me to better appreciate my counterparts. Learning how deep & broad engineering really is truly opens my eyes to how much more I have to learn & the limitless opportunities having a mechanical engineering degree provides me.

Take out mechanical & expand to ALL engineering disciplines & you can explore anything & everything. Engineering truly is the combination of science, technology, & math. It's why I consider myself a scientist, a mathematician, & a technologist.

Honored to be considered a partner with Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas during their Power Up of the 1st ever STEM Center of Excellence! 🎉

Can't wait to host workshops, tours, shadow days, & help expose so many girls to the world of Engineering 👩🏽‍🔧
#MondayMotivation  When Engineering is bae... bc it is! Having a love/hate relationship with something simply means that you have a relationship. Ha! Have you ever loved something so much you hate how much you love it? Have you ever hated something but ended up loving it bc you simply had such a strong emotional tie to it? My relationship with engineering has always been interesting. I've always loved math & science but it stopped loving me back in 8th grade 💔 I LOVE trigonometry 📐 & geometry but I ABHORE Algebra & Calculus📉. I'm obsessed with physics 🚀 but cringe at chemistry ⚗. Understanding my strengths & weaknesses only allow me to better appreciate my counterparts. Learning how deep & broad engineering really is truly opens my eyes to how much more I have to learn & the limitless opportunities having a mechanical engineering degree provides me. Take out mechanical & expand to ALL engineering disciplines & you can explore anything & everything. Engineering truly is the combination of science, technology, & math. It's why I consider myself a scientist, a mathematician, & a technologist. Honored to be considered a partner with Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas during their Power Up of the 1st ever STEM Center of Excellence! 🎉 Can't wait to host workshops, tours, shadow days, & help expose so many girls to the world of Engineering 👩🏽‍🔧
What an amazing celebration of leadership & community engagement of Latinx students at UTD during the Hispanic Leadership Banquet!

An honor to have been the keynote speaker on behalf  to speak about We are Power. We are Change. Somos Familia.

Thanks for the invitation @utdshpe & @ut_dallas ! 
#SHPEDFW #SHPERegion5 #SHPE #SHPEUTD
What an amazing celebration of leadership & community engagement of Latinx students at UTD during the Hispanic Leadership Banquet! An honor to have been the keynote speaker on behalf to speak about We are Power. We are Change. Somos Familia. Thanks for the invitation @utdshpe & @ut_dallas ! #SHPEDFW  #SHPERegion5  #SHPE  #SHPEUTD 
Late night video editing... Honored to be running for the @shpenational Board of Directors position. Requires a lot of work. Requires a lot of time & investment but boy is it worth it.

Anytime I feel defeated, anytime I question what I'm doing, if it's even worth it, or if anyone would notice - SHPE is always there to reassure me. It's been an absolute blast to serve as the @shpedfw president, to serve @shpe_region5 as the Regional Vice President. Now I'm hoping to take my years of helping on committees, raising red flags, pushing for & supporting the needs of our students & professionals to the next level!

I certainly an ambitious & quite frankly I deeply respect the current board, the roles & responsibilities which is why I'm so adamant about serving on it. Nothing worth fighting for is easy.  This election (like last) I've already suffered being scrutinized & sought after - sadly, it's nothing new & I highly doubt this will be the last night.

However, I know the reasons I'm running. I keep the DMs from my SHPE Familia asking for help, assistance, resources, assurance, suggestions, ideas, & insights. Having the opportunity to represent the entire SHPE National familia would be a dream come true. I'm already doing all I can with what I simply being a 1 woman show but having the chance to utilize & optimize the network, resources, policies, procedures, & partnerships... We could be unstoppable! And we're already making great headway!

I truly cannot contain my excitement for the future - #ChangingLivesPastRegion5
Late night video editing... Honored to be running for the @shpenational Board of Directors position. Requires a lot of work. Requires a lot of time & investment but boy is it worth it. Anytime I feel defeated, anytime I question what I'm doing, if it's even worth it, or if anyone would notice - SHPE is always there to reassure me. It's been an absolute blast to serve as the @shpedfw president, to serve @shpe_region5 as the Regional Vice President. Now I'm hoping to take my years of helping on committees, raising red flags, pushing for & supporting the needs of our students & professionals to the next level! I certainly an ambitious & quite frankly I deeply respect the current board, the roles & responsibilities which is why I'm so adamant about serving on it. Nothing worth fighting for is easy. This election (like last) I've already suffered being scrutinized & sought after - sadly, it's nothing new & I highly doubt this will be the last night. However, I know the reasons I'm running. I keep the DMs from my SHPE Familia asking for help, assistance, resources, assurance, suggestions, ideas, & insights. Having the opportunity to represent the entire SHPE National familia would be a dream come true. I'm already doing all I can with what I simply being a 1 woman show but having the chance to utilize & optimize the network, resources, policies, procedures, & partnerships... We could be unstoppable! And we're already making great headway! I truly cannot contain my excitement for the future - #ChangingLivesPastRegion5 
It was a great honor getting know & share pieces of my story with The STEM Squad!
Please feel free to follow me or hit me up at @adventuresofbrianne! 
Because I'm a firm believer in mind over matter here's my bit of sharing.
Everything in life is a choice.
Words have power.
You have control of the story you tell yourself & the mindset you live your life with.
You train people how to treat you.

Choose wisely but know your own power & strength & acknowledge what & how you choose to manage it.

Always choose a growth mindset over a fixed one. You can do anything... You're only limited by your own imagination.

Happy Dreaming & I wish you the utmost fun, growth, & adventure!

#AdventuresOfBrianne #thePeopleEngineer #WeAreSTEMSquad
It was a great honor getting know & share pieces of my story with The STEM Squad! Please feel free to follow me or hit me up at @adventuresofbrianne! Because I'm a firm believer in mind over matter here's my bit of sharing. Everything in life is a choice. Words have power. You have control of the story you tell yourself & the mindset you live your life with. You train people how to treat you. Choose wisely but know your own power & strength & acknowledge what & how you choose to manage it. Always choose a growth mindset over a fixed one. You can do anything... You're only limited by your own imagination. Happy Dreaming & I wish you the utmost fun, growth, & adventure! #AdventuresOfBrianne  #thePeopleEngineer  #WeAreSTEMSquad 
Uzbekistan 🇺🇿 Turkmenistan 🇹🇲 France 🇫🇷 Germany 🇩🇪 To say I've been lucky would be an understatement. But there's a saying that says "luck is preparation meeting opportunity" and to say I've been prepared would be the understatement of a life time. Taking risks on myself, my abilities, pushing myself outside my comfort zone. It's not easy. I wasn't ever really confident, I was always second guessing myself, but at the end of the day I knew I was the only person looking out for myself, my development, my growth.

People still to this day tell me I have "some nerve" to show up & sit at the table like I do. People I once looked up to & quickly lost respect for talked down on me as if I had no right to want more, to show up more, to want to achieve a higher rank, higher pay, or higher level of engagement or participation. If I waited around for when everyone else thought I was ready I'd still be an Engineer I somewhere - unhappy, unsuccessful but to no one else's measurement other than my own.

We have 1 life. We're not here to appease everyone. Granted, I'm a big people person but that's also been something that always held me back. I give respect before I make people earn it. I've allowed myself to be someone's emotional punching bag bc I could take it. But this isn't healthy & it's not right. I don't have to be liked but I will be respected. Throughout all the garbage in life I've experienced, the least I could do is love & respect myself.

In traveling, in my career, in my life - I'm in control. Each & everyone of us have that right - that power. We have the power to choose. Everything in life is a choice.

What are you currently choosing?

#AdventuresOfBrianne #WeAreSTEMSquad
Uzbekistan 🇺🇿 Turkmenistan 🇹🇲 France 🇫🇷 Germany 🇩🇪 To say I've been lucky would be an understatement. But there's a saying that says "luck is preparation meeting opportunity" and to say I've been prepared would be the understatement of a life time. Taking risks on myself, my abilities, pushing myself outside my comfort zone. It's not easy. I wasn't ever really confident, I was always second guessing myself, but at the end of the day I knew I was the only person looking out for myself, my development, my growth. People still to this day tell me I have "some nerve" to show up & sit at the table like I do. People I once looked up to & quickly lost respect for talked down on me as if I had no right to want more, to show up more, to want to achieve a higher rank, higher pay, or higher level of engagement or participation. If I waited around for when everyone else thought I was ready I'd still be an Engineer I somewhere - unhappy, unsuccessful but to no one else's measurement other than my own. We have 1 life. We're not here to appease everyone. Granted, I'm a big people person but that's also been something that always held me back. I give respect before I make people earn it. I've allowed myself to be someone's emotional punching bag bc I could take it. But this isn't healthy & it's not right. I don't have to be liked but I will be respected. Throughout all the garbage in life I've experienced, the least I could do is love & respect myself. In traveling, in my career, in my life - I'm in control. Each & everyone of us have that right - that power. We have the power to choose. Everything in life is a choice. What are you currently choosing? #AdventuresOfBrianne  #WeAreSTEMSquad 
Where Engineering Has Taken Me

UAE 🇦🇪
Yes. The Middle East.

Having the opportunity to support over 170 airlines in Africa, Middle East, Southwest Asia and India was a whirlwind of a lifetime.

Getting to be "at the top" of the tallest building in the world - speechless 😶
Oh! And I'm deadly afraid of heights 😨

Seeing these gorgeous 🕌 mosques was incredibly humbling. Witnessing the greatness of Dubai and Abu Dhabi I truly could never put into words so here's just a few pictures from my trips.

To think 20 years ago it was just desert. Dubai ranks third in the world for number of skyscrapers.
Dubai is a city and emirate in the United Arab Emirates known for luxury shopping, ultramodern architecture and a lively nightlife scene. Burj Khalifa, an 830m-tall tower, dominates the skyscraper-filled skyline. At its foot lies Dubai Fountain, with jets and lights choreographed to music. On artificial islands just offshore is Atlantis, The Palm, a resort with water and marine-animal parks.

What's crazy is the VP I reported to was rather concerned that I'd be overseeing the Middle East accounts. Granted, I would never be allowed to enter Saudi Arabia without a husband or a father - neither of which I had 😂 but I supported all their technical questions & solved several of their super tough questions.

What I absolutely loved & what meant the world to me was when the Emirates AND Etihad point of contacts both made it a point to say 'it's about time they got a woman AND one that can get the job done!". Customers & companies appreciate a hard worker & someone with work ethic. I'll never forget my travel to this beautiful country and my experience serving them & their world renowned airlines.

#AdventuresOfBrianne #Dubai #AbuDhabi #womenInEngineering
Where Engineering Has Taken Me UAE 🇦🇪 Yes. The Middle East. Having the opportunity to support over 170 airlines in Africa, Middle East, Southwest Asia and India was a whirlwind of a lifetime. Getting to be "at the top" of the tallest building in the world - speechless 😶 Oh! And I'm deadly afraid of heights 😨 Seeing these gorgeous 🕌 mosques was incredibly humbling. Witnessing the greatness of Dubai and Abu Dhabi I truly could never put into words so here's just a few pictures from my trips. To think 20 years ago it was just desert. Dubai ranks third in the world for number of skyscrapers. Dubai is a city and emirate in the United Arab Emirates known for luxury shopping, ultramodern architecture and a lively nightlife scene. Burj Khalifa, an 830m-tall tower, dominates the skyscraper-filled skyline. At its foot lies Dubai Fountain, with jets and lights choreographed to music. On artificial islands just offshore is Atlantis, The Palm, a resort with water and marine-animal parks. What's crazy is the VP I reported to was rather concerned that I'd be overseeing the Middle East accounts. Granted, I would never be allowed to enter Saudi Arabia without a husband or a father - neither of which I had 😂 but I supported all their technical questions & solved several of their super tough questions. What I absolutely loved & what meant the world to me was when the Emirates AND Etihad point of contacts both made it a point to say 'it's about time they got a woman AND one that can get the job done!". Customers & companies appreciate a hard worker & someone with work ethic. I'll never forget my travel to this beautiful country and my experience serving them & their world renowned airlines. #AdventuresOfBrianne  #Dubai  #AbuDhabi  #womenInEngineering 
... Making it to senior design... By my SUPER senior year (bc that's a real thing for most engineers), I had registered for Calculus II 5x - 5th time was the charm 😉
I took Thermo 3x (1 at Marquette when on academic probation, 1 with a brand new teacher through a brand new, not-yet-accredited engr program/school after transferring, & passed my 3rd time). Retaking classes is legit a reality for engineering students.

However, once I was introduced to & found the on campus counseling center my senior year my entire college career took a major shift. I was able to see a psychiatrist. I then began a year and a half of trialing different medications to deal with & help combat my anxiety, depression, & ADHD. Some gave me a high, others had me passing out mid mechanics of materials lectures. Others made me irritable & an absolute... Well.. Not a nice person. It really screwed w me. Until we found the right solution.

Therapy was something I would have never expected though. To understand how I saw the world, how I felt about other people, how I could better work with & understand myself to better work with others. It was weird. I had been a leader. I thought I was a good team player. Yet I found myself craving more & more attention. I was in crappy relationships just to be validated. My group partners (all pictured) were the 'cool smart kids' in class & I HAD to be on their team. I couldn't accept any other reality.

Learning about myself. Learning to have self-awareness actually saved my life. I had contemplated suicide several times in high school & college but was too afraid of death to ever 'try'. But to acknowledge it's "normal" to be sad. To have the days or weeks or months where you're just 'off'. Having emotional intelligence about yourself & others makes you tuned into a whole other world people don't bother to slow down & see.

I share all this bc it's a part of who I am. It's a part of what makes me a great engineer. I'm empathic. I can put myself in someone's shoes & see their point of view even if I don't agree. I now have the inner personal strength to agree, disagree, or be impartial.

And that's as monumental as finishing my senior design project...
... Making it to senior design... By my SUPER senior year (bc that's a real thing for most engineers), I had registered for Calculus II 5x - 5th time was the charm 😉 I took Thermo 3x (1 at Marquette when on academic probation, 1 with a brand new teacher through a brand new, not-yet-accredited engr program/school after transferring, & passed my 3rd time). Retaking classes is legit a reality for engineering students. However, once I was introduced to & found the on campus counseling center my senior year my entire college career took a major shift. I was able to see a psychiatrist. I then began a year and a half of trialing different medications to deal with & help combat my anxiety, depression, & ADHD. Some gave me a high, others had me passing out mid mechanics of materials lectures. Others made me irritable & an absolute... Well.. Not a nice person. It really screwed w me. Until we found the right solution. Therapy was something I would have never expected though. To understand how I saw the world, how I felt about other people, how I could better work with & understand myself to better work with others. It was weird. I had been a leader. I thought I was a good team player. Yet I found myself craving more & more attention. I was in crappy relationships just to be validated. My group partners (all pictured) were the 'cool smart kids' in class & I HAD to be on their team. I couldn't accept any other reality. Learning about myself. Learning to have self-awareness actually saved my life. I had contemplated suicide several times in high school & college but was too afraid of death to ever 'try'. But to acknowledge it's "normal" to be sad. To have the days or weeks or months where you're just 'off'. Having emotional intelligence about yourself & others makes you tuned into a whole other world people don't bother to slow down & see. I share all this bc it's a part of who I am. It's a part of what makes me a great engineer. I'm empathic. I can put myself in someone's shoes & see their point of view even if I don't agree. I now have the inner personal strength to agree, disagree, or be impartial. And that's as monumental as finishing my senior design project...
What all I was going through to get my mechanical engineering degree... *SIGH*

Even simply going through these pictures causes me heartburn & raises my heart rate - alot. As fun & life-changing as college was, the majority of it was absolute hell for me. HELL! Granted, I learned a lot, grew a ton, was able to solve 18+ yr old life problems I had but it was the most uncomfortable & frustrating time of my life.

I always tell the story of how I've always loved math... It just stopped loving me back once I got to Algebra. 😂

Dealing with PTSD & semi knowing about it was rather tricky. I understood that my father not being in the picture growing up, being in & out of my life later on, & then treating me like garbage as I got older took a toll on me. I understood being physically abused from 3-5 years old affected me. I was well aware being sexually abused from 9-11 yrs old 'changed' me & how I viewed the world. What I didn't get was why I always felt threatened & defensive. I didn't get why for the life of me, I couldn't pay attention. Why I always had to face the door of any room & why I couldn't trust anyone - ever.

Despite all the crazy mental health issues I was dealing with - I was dealing with being a young woman coming into her own in the middle of this crazy storm. I was the only young lady in the majority of the classes. If by the grace I'd God there was another young lady, I was the only Hispanic. It was different. Especially if I ever came across any other Hispanics on campus, I was told that I was a disgrace or not a REAL Hispanic bc I didn't speak Spanish.

So here I am. Stuck in the middle. Not accepted by the outside world & not accepted by the internal world as I hated myself. I hated how stupid I felt. I hated failing Calculus II twice. I hated having to withdraw bc i knew I was failing twice. I hated being on academic probation. I hated that I had no control over my grants & scholarships getting cut every semester bc the economy crashed (none were GPA related btw). I hated ROCKING my engineering classes & concepts but when it came to solving for X my brain froze. I'd have panic attacks... (see next post for how I overcame all this kaka...)
What all I was going through to get my mechanical engineering degree... *SIGH* Even simply going through these pictures causes me heartburn & raises my heart rate - alot. As fun & life-changing as college was, the majority of it was absolute hell for me. HELL! Granted, I learned a lot, grew a ton, was able to solve 18+ yr old life problems I had but it was the most uncomfortable & frustrating time of my life. I always tell the story of how I've always loved math... It just stopped loving me back once I got to Algebra. 😂 Dealing with PTSD & semi knowing about it was rather tricky. I understood that my father not being in the picture growing up, being in & out of my life later on, & then treating me like garbage as I got older took a toll on me. I understood being physically abused from 3-5 years old affected me. I was well aware being sexually abused from 9-11 yrs old 'changed' me & how I viewed the world. What I didn't get was why I always felt threatened & defensive. I didn't get why for the life of me, I couldn't pay attention. Why I always had to face the door of any room & why I couldn't trust anyone - ever. Despite all the crazy mental health issues I was dealing with - I was dealing with being a young woman coming into her own in the middle of this crazy storm. I was the only young lady in the majority of the classes. If by the grace I'd God there was another young lady, I was the only Hispanic. It was different. Especially if I ever came across any other Hispanics on campus, I was told that I was a disgrace or not a REAL Hispanic bc I didn't speak Spanish. So here I am. Stuck in the middle. Not accepted by the outside world & not accepted by the internal world as I hated myself. I hated how stupid I felt. I hated failing Calculus II twice. I hated having to withdraw bc i knew I was failing twice. I hated being on academic probation. I hated that I had no control over my grants & scholarships getting cut every semester bc the economy crashed (none were GPA related btw). I hated ROCKING my engineering classes & concepts but when it came to solving for X my brain froze. I'd have panic attacks... (see next post for how I overcame all this kaka...)
Mechanical Engineering 👩🏽‍🔧 I post won't do it justice but I like the simplicity of how Michigan Tech defines it: Mechanical Engineering is one of the broadest engineering disciplines. Mechanical Engineers design, develop, build, & test. They deal with anything that moves, from components to machines to the human body.

I personally chose mechanical engineering because it was so broad. There's thermodynamics, HVAC (heating, ventilation, & air conditioning), heat transfer, fluid mechanics, machinery, you name it.. It goes on & on & so many subsets, specializations, it's endless!! Manufacturing had always sparked my curiosity. Alot. I would look at my chair at school and wonder how it was made. How those silver buttons held all these different pieces together & how you could have 2 different colored plastic, with different textures, butted up against each other as if they were 1 component. How?! Why?! 🤔

Robotics are usually the "cool" part of engineering nowadays or even cars - everyone gets in a tizzy about Tesla which yes is cool but there's so many more applications, companies, ways of utilizing mechanical engineering. ANYTHING. THAT. MOVES!!!
just think about that. Ponder for a whole 60 seconds.

Even in manufacturing as an Advanced Manufacturing Engineer, it's not just about the assembly line. Not just about putting the product together but how we do it. The details of the day to day stuff that's overlooked or not considered by your everyday person. Shipping product. The container it's shipped in. Aluminum or steel? Welded or bolted 🔩? Who will make it? How long? For how much? Life span of the shipping rack. How many to support the current build rate versus our forecasted rate based on the market, our market share, the economy & what products were offering. And that's just 1/25th of my daily tasks.

The amount of exposure & real world applications of problem solving has been astronomical. It's exiting & fun but overall something as small as adding a 3D printed 2"x2" 'block' could make 3k people's job easier and save the company 10k+ dollars.

It's never ending learning and an absolute blast!

Feel free to ask any & all ?s here in the comments!
Mechanical Engineering 👩🏽‍🔧 I post won't do it justice but I like the simplicity of how Michigan Tech defines it: Mechanical Engineering is one of the broadest engineering disciplines. Mechanical Engineers design, develop, build, & test. They deal with anything that moves, from components to machines to the human body. I personally chose mechanical engineering because it was so broad. There's thermodynamics, HVAC (heating, ventilation, & air conditioning), heat transfer, fluid mechanics, machinery, you name it.. It goes on & on & so many subsets, specializations, it's endless!! Manufacturing had always sparked my curiosity. Alot. I would look at my chair at school and wonder how it was made. How those silver buttons held all these different pieces together & how you could have 2 different colored plastic, with different textures, butted up against each other as if they were 1 component. How?! Why?! 🤔 Robotics are usually the "cool" part of engineering nowadays or even cars - everyone gets in a tizzy about Tesla which yes is cool but there's so many more applications, companies, ways of utilizing mechanical engineering. ANYTHING. THAT. MOVES!!! just think about that. Ponder for a whole 60 seconds. Even in manufacturing as an Advanced Manufacturing Engineer, it's not just about the assembly line. Not just about putting the product together but how we do it. The details of the day to day stuff that's overlooked or not considered by your everyday person. Shipping product. The container it's shipped in. Aluminum or steel? Welded or bolted 🔩? Who will make it? How long? For how much? Life span of the shipping rack. How many to support the current build rate versus our forecasted rate based on the market, our market share, the economy & what products were offering. And that's just 1/25th of my daily tasks. The amount of exposure & real world applications of problem solving has been astronomical. It's exiting & fun but overall something as small as adding a 3D printed 2"x2" 'block' could make 3k people's job easier and save the company 10k+ dollars. It's never ending learning and an absolute blast! Feel free to ask any & all ?s here in the comments!
#TimeTravelTuesday

Because why not.. Ha!

How & why I became an engineer is essentially the same story as to why & how I am the person I've grown into today.

I was blessed & fortunate enough to win the lotto of all mothers. Granted, I was 1 for 2 in the parent department since my biological father denounced me since birth but this woman would put most pairs of parents to shame. I know I'm bias but there's no way I would even be breathing much less happy & successful without my mama.

As I was already adventurous & a 'I wanna do it' kind of person, even as a child - she used to let me fiddle with my shoe 👟 laces for a bit & then ask 'can I help fix them' to ACTUALLY tie my shoes. She allowed me & taught me how to be independent.

She taught me how to dream big & to go after any goal or passion I could fathom. When I was about 5 or 6, the usual 'what do you want to be when you grow up' conversations starter at school & I came home nearly panicked bc I couldn't just pick ONE! So there at the kitchen table, my mom & her mom (my Momo) sat me down & started processing. I wanted to be:
👩🏽‍⚕️ a doctor - to help people
🎤 a famous singer - to connect & share with people, to be & have a voice
📸 a photographer - to capture emotion, moments, & memories
👩🏽‍🏫 a teacher - to keep learning, to help educate

At the end of our family pow-wow I felt empowered & convinced I could do it all. The plan was to be a doctor, travel the world helping people. Take my camera & capture all the scenes, cultures, & places and publish them all to share, teach, & help bring the world closer together. I could gig on weekends & my Dr. salary could pay for my home studio to record & put out music.

Not 100% accurate - actually like 75% at my ripe age of 28 but incredibly insightful & pretty close foreshadowing. Replace Dr w Engineer. Teaching I do through STEM advocacy, my businesses, & nonprofits. Still sing & record - not famous yet but working on it. And thanks to my bf I got a DSLR for Christmas a few years back & am rocking & rolling on photography too!

And that was my first introduction to problem solving real world problems.

#AdventuresOfBrianne #thePeopleEngineer #WeAreSTEMSquad
#TimeTravelTuesday  Because why not.. Ha! How & why I became an engineer is essentially the same story as to why & how I am the person I've grown into today. I was blessed & fortunate enough to win the lotto of all mothers. Granted, I was 1 for 2 in the parent department since my biological father denounced me since birth but this woman would put most pairs of parents to shame. I know I'm bias but there's no way I would even be breathing much less happy & successful without my mama. As I was already adventurous & a 'I wanna do it' kind of person, even as a child - she used to let me fiddle with my shoe 👟 laces for a bit & then ask 'can I help fix them' to ACTUALLY tie my shoes. She allowed me & taught me how to be independent. She taught me how to dream big & to go after any goal or passion I could fathom. When I was about 5 or 6, the usual 'what do you want to be when you grow up' conversations starter at school & I came home nearly panicked bc I couldn't just pick ONE! So there at the kitchen table, my mom & her mom (my Momo) sat me down & started processing. I wanted to be: 👩🏽‍⚕️ a doctor - to help people 🎤 a famous singer - to connect & share with people, to be & have a voice 📸 a photographer - to capture emotion, moments, & memories 👩🏽‍🏫 a teacher - to keep learning, to help educate At the end of our family pow-wow I felt empowered & convinced I could do it all. The plan was to be a doctor, travel the world helping people. Take my camera & capture all the scenes, cultures, & places and publish them all to share, teach, & help bring the world closer together. I could gig on weekends & my Dr. salary could pay for my home studio to record & put out music. Not 100% accurate - actually like 75% at my ripe age of 28 but incredibly insightful & pretty close foreshadowing. Replace Dr w Engineer. Teaching I do through STEM advocacy, my businesses, & nonprofits. Still sing & record - not famous yet but working on it. And thanks to my bf I got a DSLR for Christmas a few years back & am rocking & rolling on photography too! And that was my first introduction to problem solving real world problems. #AdventuresOfBrianne  #thePeopleEngineer  #WeAreSTEMSquad 
Instagram Takeover!! Check out @thestemsquad this week as I'll be sharing ALL the behind the scenes footage into my life.

I tend to share when & where I can here but with the opportunity to share throughout the world & with fellow STEMinists - its on like Donkey Kong 🙊

SCHECK it out. The stories all week will be major!

See y'all over there 🔜

#AdventuresOfBrianne #thePeopleEngineer #WeAreSTEMSquad #womenInEngineering
Instagram Takeover!! Check out @thestemsquad this week as I'll be sharing ALL the behind the scenes footage into my life. I tend to share when & where I can here but with the opportunity to share throughout the world & with fellow STEMinists - its on like Donkey Kong 🙊 SCHECK it out. The stories all week will be major! See y'all over there 🔜 #AdventuresOfBrianne  #thePeopleEngineer  #WeAreSTEMSquad  #womenInEngineering 
Good Morning STEM Squad from Dallas, Texas!

My name is Brianne C. Martin 👋
Mechanical engineer by degree currently working as an Automotive Advanced Manufacturing Engineer 👩🏽‍🔧 I'm super excited to be taking over the account to share my daily life with you all.

I'm a Hispanic female engineer who lives with PTSD & I'm incredibly open about it all. I serve a phenomenal organization (Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers) which I invest the majority of 'spare' time to in helping provide resources, insights, structure, & workshops to help ensure we have students graduate successfully.

Side Note: I've been singing 🎤 on stage since I was 3, started 2 companies, & am an adrenaline junky. 
If you were to ask me what my hobbies are, we'd be here for a few hours so this week - I'll be sharing what I'm most passionate about: learning, education, & helping those who currently feel they can't help themselves.

Feel free to hit me up here in the comments or in the stories! Looking forward to sharing it all with you. See y'all in the plant soon... 🚚

#AdventuresOfBrianne #thePeopleEngineer #WeAreSTEMSquad
Good Morning STEM Squad from Dallas, Texas! My name is Brianne C. Martin 👋 Mechanical engineer by degree currently working as an Automotive Advanced Manufacturing Engineer 👩🏽‍🔧 I'm super excited to be taking over the account to share my daily life with you all. I'm a Hispanic female engineer who lives with PTSD & I'm incredibly open about it all. I serve a phenomenal organization (Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers) which I invest the majority of 'spare' time to in helping provide resources, insights, structure, & workshops to help ensure we have students graduate successfully. Side Note: I've been singing 🎤 on stage since I was 3, started 2 companies, & am an adrenaline junky. If you were to ask me what my hobbies are, we'd be here for a few hours so this week - I'll be sharing what I'm most passionate about: learning, education, & helping those who currently feel they can't help themselves. Feel free to hit me up here in the comments or in the stories! Looking forward to sharing it all with you. See y'all in the plant soon... 🚚 #AdventuresOfBrianne  #thePeopleEngineer  #WeAreSTEMSquad 
Had a pretty awesome day!

Do you ever sit & imagine the most perfect-est day? What would that look like? What would you do?

For me - I do it all the time - I'd travel. I'd get to meet new people, nice people, creative/driven/ambitious/collaborative people. I want to get dirty. The more hands on, dirty, oil, grease - the better. I enjoy wearing jeans & a high-res hat. LOVE wearing my steeltoed boots - I feel like a part of me is my Popo when I wear them.

I'm honored to have the job that I do. I know I deserve it & I work hard to keep it but how many people can say the work they do actually brings a smile to their face - Every. Single. Day. Engineering is a way of life. It's addictive to be a continuous improver. I acknowledge I'm an adrenaline junky and knowledge is my fulfillment of choice.

The more I learn, the more I expand, the more I expand, the more skills, perspectives, & opportunities I'm able to partake in. It's an endless cycle and boy is it fun! Exhilarating! Exciting! Just.. AHHHHHH!

I'm so incredibly grateful & happy to be exactly where I am doing exactly what I love & want to be doing at this exact moment.

Accomplishments. Sure.
Goals. We'll get there.
All in due time but damn doesn't it feel good to be a gangsta... #AdventuresOfBrianne #thePeopleEngineer #Engineer
Had a pretty awesome day! Do you ever sit & imagine the most perfect-est day? What would that look like? What would you do? For me - I do it all the time - I'd travel. I'd get to meet new people, nice people, creative/driven/ambitious/collaborative people. I want to get dirty. The more hands on, dirty, oil, grease - the better. I enjoy wearing jeans & a high-res hat. LOVE wearing my steeltoed boots - I feel like a part of me is my Popo when I wear them. I'm honored to have the job that I do. I know I deserve it & I work hard to keep it but how many people can say the work they do actually brings a smile to their face - Every. Single. Day. Engineering is a way of life. It's addictive to be a continuous improver. I acknowledge I'm an adrenaline junky and knowledge is my fulfillment of choice. The more I learn, the more I expand, the more I expand, the more skills, perspectives, & opportunities I'm able to partake in. It's an endless cycle and boy is it fun! Exhilarating! Exciting! Just.. AHHHHHH! I'm so incredibly grateful & happy to be exactly where I am doing exactly what I love & want to be doing at this exact moment. Accomplishments. Sure. Goals. We'll get there. All in due time but damn doesn't it feel good to be a gangsta... #AdventuresOfBrianne  #thePeopleEngineer  #Engineer 
And I'm off... Next adventure: Columbus, Ohio

Checkout my story for realtime updates.

#AdventuresOfBrianne #thePeopleEngineer #womenInEngineering
Travel.

I wish I could put into words the excitement & ecstasy I feel when I have the opportunity to travel.

Never would I have imagined I'd have the capabilities & job responsibilities that allowed me to travel so often. Even when I was my own boss starting my company without any revenue stream - my efforts earned me travel on other people's dime!

If you haven't yet left your state or your home country, I highly encourage & recommend you hop on a plane the first chance you get. With the world 🗺 so accessible it's unreal the amount of limitlessness you can experience simply by going somewhere new. Somewhere you DON'T speak the language. Somewhere you're NOT familiar with the culture.

Today, I'm heading to Milwaukee, Wisconsin for work. It's only a day trip but I'm stoked to head back to what felt like home to me for 4 years. Furthermore, I get to go review my designs! Having the opportunity to meet up with suppliers, assess the progress, tend to & help mitigate anything that keeps us from meeting MY deadline, & provide feedback all in person is a pretty dang cool part of engineering.

Not to mention the 30° weather will be a bit of a change. Ha!

#AdventuresOfBrianne #thePeopleEngineer
Travel. I wish I could put into words the excitement & ecstasy I feel when I have the opportunity to travel. Never would I have imagined I'd have the capabilities & job responsibilities that allowed me to travel so often. Even when I was my own boss starting my company without any revenue stream - my efforts earned me travel on other people's dime! If you haven't yet left your state or your home country, I highly encourage & recommend you hop on a plane the first chance you get. With the world 🗺 so accessible it's unreal the amount of limitlessness you can experience simply by going somewhere new. Somewhere you DON'T speak the language. Somewhere you're NOT familiar with the culture. Today, I'm heading to Milwaukee, Wisconsin for work. It's only a day trip but I'm stoked to head back to what felt like home to me for 4 years. Furthermore, I get to go review my designs! Having the opportunity to meet up with suppliers, assess the progress, tend to & help mitigate anything that keeps us from meeting MY deadline, & provide feedback all in person is a pretty dang cool part of engineering. Not to mention the 30° weather will be a bit of a change. Ha! #AdventuresOfBrianne  #thePeopleEngineer 
When the Civil Engineer 👷🏽‍♂️ flirts with & impresses his Mechanical Engineer 👩🏽‍🔧 girl friend... 🤓 haha! That's us! ♥ 🤗 (legit DM messages from @fdoceballos 😍)
When the Civil Engineer 👷🏽‍♂️ flirts with & impresses his Mechanical Engineer 👩🏽‍🔧 girl friend... 🤓 haha! That's us! ♥ 🤗 (legit DM messages from @fdoceballos 😍)
PLRs.

Production Liaison Request.

If you don't already know, I'm a hard core process-loving nerd 🤓

The fact that problem-solving can be so messy & all over the place is fun but being creative & innovative while having an overall strategy, cadence, or rhythm is legit the best of both worlds. Feels like jazz drums - all the solos & jam but still within the syncopated beat. Just mind-blowing.

So how does this relate to engineering? To be a good engineer - sure you have to see the problem right in front of you. That's the obvious. Stop the bleeding. Got it. For manufacturing you see how that one simple problem affects chains & chains of future, past, & current OTHER processes, suppliers, assemblies, workers, departments, on & on. There's always a bigger picture.
Good engineers can do that. Great engineers will even let some problems run their course so the entire team or plant can learn, grow, & understand together. Sure it's painful but in the bigger scheme of things - it's necessary.

And such is life. Just because we can or feel like we should fix something right in front of us doesn't mean it's our responsibility, duty, or even place to fix it. Sometimes it is. Taking a step back to acknowledge the entire process is always a good thing. Taking the time it realize the strategy & effect each action or reaction will have is what's needed for a true leader & great problem-solver.

Just some food for thought of action-reaction and the beauty of process...
PLRs. Production Liaison Request. If you don't already know, I'm a hard core process-loving nerd 🤓 The fact that problem-solving can be so messy & all over the place is fun but being creative & innovative while having an overall strategy, cadence, or rhythm is legit the best of both worlds. Feels like jazz drums - all the solos & jam but still within the syncopated beat. Just mind-blowing. So how does this relate to engineering? To be a good engineer - sure you have to see the problem right in front of you. That's the obvious. Stop the bleeding. Got it. For manufacturing you see how that one simple problem affects chains & chains of future, past, & current OTHER processes, suppliers, assemblies, workers, departments, on & on. There's always a bigger picture. Good engineers can do that. Great engineers will even let some problems run their course so the entire team or plant can learn, grow, & understand together. Sure it's painful but in the bigger scheme of things - it's necessary. And such is life. Just because we can or feel like we should fix something right in front of us doesn't mean it's our responsibility, duty, or even place to fix it. Sometimes it is. Taking a step back to acknowledge the entire process is always a good thing. Taking the time it realize the strategy & effect each action or reaction will have is what's needed for a true leader & great problem-solver. Just some food for thought of action-reaction and the beauty of process...
Today is definitely a "let my hair blow in the wind" kind of day.

Continuing the #ScientistsWhoSelfie & #StrongerTogether

#AdventuresOfBrianne is truly me being me. The goofy, silly, random, adventure-loving, singing, dancing, spontaneous, engineer. There's more to me than just a degree, just a job title, a paycheck, what I wear or how the world perceives me.

Growing up, I would rather be caught dead over wearing pink. My hair was always wild & in a low pony tail. I wore t-shirts & athletic shorts bc I was always running around, getting dirty, & going on adventures. Sure, today at 28 I'm a bit more girly, I wear make up, enjoy dressing up, & even wear red lipstick 💋 but I'm comfortable with who I am whether it be in heels or my steeltoed boots.

Granted, I'm still learning how to accept, deal with, & move on from things that happened in the past, old stories I got comfortable telling myself, & learning to be the person I want to be. I'm open & public about who I am to help others understand engineers aren't these geeks with pocket protectors who don't know how to talk to girls. Ha! I are one! And yes, I would love a pocket protector but you'll also find me on the dance floor cutting a rug to some Reba!! (#fancy)

In a world of trying to define everyone to a box, by a label, I've learned to love being an anomaly & to even look for the uniqueness in everyone I meet. It's amazing! It's beautiful. So many beautiful strong stories.

Let's all be open about being authentic, honest, genuine, & stop trying to make ourselves feel better by putting others down. You're only hurting yourself.

Know who you are. Figure it out. Take time. Slow down. What are things that make you happy? What things make you uncomfortable?

What are your bucketlist items?
What do you hope to achieve in life? Share below. I legit want to know.

I thoroughly enjoy having my hair blow in the wind - in a car, on a horse, spinning on the dance floor, or riding my bike. What's your favorite thing?
Favorite feeling?
Today is definitely a "let my hair blow in the wind" kind of day. Continuing the #ScientistsWhoSelfie  & #StrongerTogether  #AdventuresOfBrianne  is truly me being me. The goofy, silly, random, adventure-loving, singing, dancing, spontaneous, engineer. There's more to me than just a degree, just a job title, a paycheck, what I wear or how the world perceives me. Growing up, I would rather be caught dead over wearing pink. My hair was always wild & in a low pony tail. I wore t-shirts & athletic shorts bc I was always running around, getting dirty, & going on adventures. Sure, today at 28 I'm a bit more girly, I wear make up, enjoy dressing up, & even wear red lipstick 💋 but I'm comfortable with who I am whether it be in heels or my steeltoed boots. Granted, I'm still learning how to accept, deal with, & move on from things that happened in the past, old stories I got comfortable telling myself, & learning to be the person I want to be. I'm open & public about who I am to help others understand engineers aren't these geeks with pocket protectors who don't know how to talk to girls. Ha! I are one! And yes, I would love a pocket protector but you'll also find me on the dance floor cutting a rug to some Reba!! (#fancy ) In a world of trying to define everyone to a box, by a label, I've learned to love being an anomaly & to even look for the uniqueness in everyone I meet. It's amazing! It's beautiful. So many beautiful strong stories. Let's all be open about being authentic, honest, genuine, & stop trying to make ourselves feel better by putting others down. You're only hurting yourself. Know who you are. Figure it out. Take time. Slow down. What are things that make you happy? What things make you uncomfortable? What are your bucketlist items? What do you hope to achieve in life? Share below. I legit want to know. I thoroughly enjoy having my hair blow in the wind - in a car, on a horse, spinning on the dance floor, or riding my bike. What's your favorite thing? Favorite feeling?
Why I #SciComm

Look. I'm an engineer. I look like one. Act like one. A real life engineer. Period.

I share my daily adventures of engineering & my nerd out moments to help share my passion and excitement for all things STEM. Yes, I consider myself a scientist. Yes, I consider myself a mathematician. I consider myself a technologist too. Engineering is so dang cool bc it's a combination of it all & then some.

Engineering is all around us. Science is acknowledging and taking the time to observe & learn from what exists & why.

Scicomm is the initiative to help people understand that. Science, math, engineering, & technology is cool, fun, life-changing, & culture driving!

My intent in sharing isn't to brag or boast & I certainly don't share about fashion or makeup - yall know that I love my uniform & just recently started attempting to "contour" haha!

So let's not shame those who enjoy being girly - a strong woman - and are smart as hell pursuing a PhD or doing super cool research work... Or someone who nerds out over robotics & takes a selfie 🤳 with an assembly line or two.

Disappointed to hear Science magazine published a shitty article attacking major Scicomm influencers who help unveil the PhD science world. I thoroughly enjoy learning more about science through a simple hashtag & constantly tell others to check out #womeninscience or #womenInSTEM.

Incredibly silly to go after someone who is helping, someone so strong & passionate to share their knowledge & excitement for something - especially as 'nerdy' as science. 
Sharing my why to show support & stand with my #WeAreSTEMSquad sisters.

Calm down. Sit down. Sharing a picture with fly threads doesn't make anyone less smart or capable or lessen their research.

Let's try positivity & support for once rather than hating & being ugly to one another.

#weNeedMore 
#ScientistsWhoSelfie
Why I #SciComm  Look. I'm an engineer. I look like one. Act like one. A real life engineer. Period. I share my daily adventures of engineering & my nerd out moments to help share my passion and excitement for all things STEM. Yes, I consider myself a scientist. Yes, I consider myself a mathematician. I consider myself a technologist too. Engineering is so dang cool bc it's a combination of it all & then some. Engineering is all around us. Science is acknowledging and taking the time to observe & learn from what exists & why. Scicomm is the initiative to help people understand that. Science, math, engineering, & technology is cool, fun, life-changing, & culture driving! My intent in sharing isn't to brag or boast & I certainly don't share about fashion or makeup - yall know that I love my uniform & just recently started attempting to "contour" haha! So let's not shame those who enjoy being girly - a strong woman - and are smart as hell pursuing a PhD or doing super cool research work... Or someone who nerds out over robotics & takes a selfie 🤳 with an assembly line or two. Disappointed to hear Science magazine published a shitty article attacking major Scicomm influencers who help unveil the PhD science world. I thoroughly enjoy learning more about science through a simple hashtag & constantly tell others to check out #womeninscience  or #womenInSTEM . Incredibly silly to go after someone who is helping, someone so strong & passionate to share their knowledge & excitement for something - especially as 'nerdy' as science. Sharing my why to show support & stand with my #WeAreSTEMSquad  sisters. Calm down. Sit down. Sharing a picture with fly threads doesn't make anyone less smart or capable or lessen their research. Let's try positivity & support for once rather than hating & being ugly to one another. #weNeedMore  #ScientistsWhoSelfie 
That migraine life.

Good night world 🗺

#AdventuresOfBrianne
#tbt to last weekend when I got to meet fellow islanders 🤙

Crazy to think I attended my first RLDC 5 years ago, went back to my university, & started a chapter just before I graduated. The chapter continued on, flourished, & showed up at #2018rldc5 with like 10 people!! 10!! Loved seeing driven women & strong leadership in the chapter. Honored to be a @islanduniversity alumna & love seeing so many more engineers coming out of their engineering programs!

#AdventuresOfBrianne #thePeopleEngineer #TAMUCC
#tbt  to last weekend when I got to meet fellow islanders 🤙 Crazy to think I attended my first RLDC 5 years ago, went back to my university, & started a chapter just before I graduated. The chapter continued on, flourished, & showed up at #2018rldc5  with like 10 people!! 10!! Loved seeing driven women & strong leadership in the chapter. Honored to be a @islanduniversity alumna & love seeing so many more engineers coming out of their engineering programs! #AdventuresOfBrianne  #thePeopleEngineer  #TAMUCC 
Thanks for giving me the opportunity to share my passion & the limitless opportunities of being Better Together through Diversity in STEM - @ignitedfw! ♥

#AdventuresOfBrianne #thePeopleEngineer #LatinaEngineer
The stage has always been my home.

For as long as I can remember, it's the 1 place I've felt my true self. The one place I could bare my soul. Even though I've fought with my self-worth, questioning who I was or what value I could ever bring to someone let alone to the world - here, it all melted away.

In the past few years, I've expanded into another stage. Still the same lights, mics, & slightly smaller audiences but I've had the opportunity share my words rather than my songs. Sharing ideas rather than entertainment.

Sure, not everyone agrees. Sure, I'll be scrutinized for how fast I talk or how much better I could have been but stepping out of my safe space, totally out of my element to share in a much more vulnerable state has been exhilarating. This past weekend at the conference, I felt it. Only 98% of what I feel onstage singing - but I was there.
Ecstasy. Pure bliss. Pure. open. honest. vulnerable. Just there. Present.

It was amazing & it was a workshop I've done countless times. But instead of thinking of my next points, wondering if my message was resonating, questioning what the audience was thinking... I just did it. I said what I had to say in a way that only I could say it.

Last night, I practiced a rough run through. 
Tonight, I'm doing it again - for real. 
IGNITE DFW. 
5 minutes. 20 slides. 15 seconds per slide on autopilot.

Sharing my passion & realizations & hoping to better improve our understanding of Diversity in STEM.. and our ability to Live Limitless!

#AdventuresOfBrianne #thePeopleEngineer (📸@iam_benjaminj)
The stage has always been my home. For as long as I can remember, it's the 1 place I've felt my true self. The one place I could bare my soul. Even though I've fought with my self-worth, questioning who I was or what value I could ever bring to someone let alone to the world - here, it all melted away. In the past few years, I've expanded into another stage. Still the same lights, mics, & slightly smaller audiences but I've had the opportunity share my words rather than my songs. Sharing ideas rather than entertainment. Sure, not everyone agrees. Sure, I'll be scrutinized for how fast I talk or how much better I could have been but stepping out of my safe space, totally out of my element to share in a much more vulnerable state has been exhilarating. This past weekend at the conference, I felt it. Only 98% of what I feel onstage singing - but I was there. Ecstasy. Pure bliss. Pure. open. honest. vulnerable. Just there. Present. It was amazing & it was a workshop I've done countless times. But instead of thinking of my next points, wondering if my message was resonating, questioning what the audience was thinking... I just did it. I said what I had to say in a way that only I could say it. Last night, I practiced a rough run through. Tonight, I'm doing it again - for real. IGNITE DFW. 5 minutes. 20 slides. 15 seconds per slide on autopilot. Sharing my passion & realizations & hoping to better improve our understanding of Diversity in STEM.. and our ability to Live Limitless! #AdventuresOfBrianne  #thePeopleEngineer  (📸@iam_benjaminj)
#Repost @the_people_engineer (@get_repost)
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Had the great pleasure of hosting 2 workshops at the @shpe_region5 Regional Leadership Development Conference (RLDC) this past weekend.

1. Personal Branding covered how first you must know yourself in order to sell yourself. It's not about saying the 'right' things, it's about being able to acknowledge, share, & be honest about who you are & what you want.

2. SHPEtinas - How Women Succeed in the Workplace was an open forum discussion with a supporting Latina leader panel. We discussed limiting beliefs, how Women tend to cut ourselves short before anyone else, & how men can be supportive of women.

I will be making this content available throughout the upcoming weeks and am excited to share the great conversations, questions, and concepts throughout the conference this weekend.

Shout out to my SHPE Familia for constantly showing up & wanting to better yourself.

We're all in this together & I'm grateful to have had the opportunity to share my own experiences, mistakes, & resources.

#ThePeopleEngineer #2018rldc5 #SHPERegion5
#Repost  @the_people_engineer (@get_repost) ・・・ Had the great pleasure of hosting 2 workshops at the @shpe_region5 Regional Leadership Development Conference (RLDC) this past weekend. 1. Personal Branding covered how first you must know yourself in order to sell yourself. It's not about saying the 'right' things, it's about being able to acknowledge, share, & be honest about who you are & what you want. 2. SHPEtinas - How Women Succeed in the Workplace was an open forum discussion with a supporting Latina leader panel. We discussed limiting beliefs, how Women tend to cut ourselves short before anyone else, & how men can be supportive of women. I will be making this content available throughout the upcoming weeks and am excited to share the great conversations, questions, and concepts throughout the conference this weekend. Shout out to my SHPE Familia for constantly showing up & wanting to better yourself. We're all in this together & I'm grateful to have had the opportunity to share my own experiences, mistakes, & resources. #ThePeopleEngineer  #2018rldc5  #SHPERegion5 
#MotivationalMonday

Tomorrow I'm speaking at @ignitedfw!! My talk will be Living Limitless with Diversity in STEM.

I can't put into words how humbled, honored, excited, & eager I am to be sharing my passion & realization of how we truly all are #BetterTogether.

At the end of 2017, I wrote out several goals. 1 having major speaking engagements. This is one of them. I truly can't put into words the feeling of astonishment when people say they feel my passion in my words & understand my heart through my efforts and work.

Sometimes I feel like I am not enough. I wish I could grow faster, leap farther, & stay up later to accomplish all my heart desires. But alas - trying to learn my limiting beliefs, expanding my horizons, & utilizing platforms to exponentially expose my knowledge, findings, & teachings.

I'm so incredibly grateful for the DFW Community and leaders giving me a chance to share my insights & resources.

To register to attend - link in bio 😉
#MotivationalMonday  Tomorrow I'm speaking at @ignitedfw!! My talk will be Living Limitless with Diversity in STEM. I can't put into words how humbled, honored, excited, & eager I am to be sharing my passion & realization of how we truly all are #BetterTogether . At the end of 2017, I wrote out several goals. 1 having major speaking engagements. This is one of them. I truly can't put into words the feeling of astonishment when people say they feel my passion in my words & understand my heart through my efforts and work. Sometimes I feel like I am not enough. I wish I could grow faster, leap farther, & stay up later to accomplish all my heart desires. But alas - trying to learn my limiting beliefs, expanding my horizons, & utilizing platforms to exponentially expose my knowledge, findings, & teachings. I'm so incredibly grateful for the DFW Community and leaders giving me a chance to share my insights & resources. To register to attend - link in bio 😉
To say I love flying would be an understatement ✈

Seeing aircraft never ceases to amaze me - yes, I still nerd out simply seeing an airplane.

Be a nerd! Be like the 3 year old that lose it when a dump truck 🚚 drives by! That's me - 28 years old.

What kind of stuff do you nerd out about?

#AdventuresOfBrianne #thePeopleEngineer
To say I love flying would be an understatement ✈ Seeing aircraft never ceases to amaze me - yes, I still nerd out simply seeing an airplane. Be a nerd! Be like the 3 year old that lose it when a dump truck 🚚 drives by! That's me - 28 years old. What kind of stuff do you nerd out about? #AdventuresOfBrianne  #thePeopleEngineer 
Had the great pleasure of hosting 2 workshops at the @shpe_region5 Regional Leadership Development Conference (RLDC) this past weekend.

1. Personal Branding covered how first you must know yourself in order to sell yourself. It's not about saying the 'right' things, it's about being able to acknowledge, share, & be honest about who you are & what you want.

2. SHPEtinas - How Women Succeed in the Workplace was an open forum discussion with a supporting Latina leader panel. We discussed limiting beliefs, how Women tend to cut ourselves short before anyone else, & how men can be supportive of women.

I will be making this content available throughout the upcoming weeks and am excited to share the great conversations, questions, and concepts throughout the conference this weekend.

Shout out to my SHPE Familia for constantly showing up & wanting to better yourself.

We're all in this together & I'm grateful to have had the opportunity to share my own experiences, mistakes, & resources.

#ThePeopleEngineer #2018rldc5 #SHPERegion5
Had the great pleasure of hosting 2 workshops at the @shpe_region5 Regional Leadership Development Conference (RLDC) this past weekend. 1. Personal Branding covered how first you must know yourself in order to sell yourself. It's not about saying the 'right' things, it's about being able to acknowledge, share, & be honest about who you are & what you want. 2. SHPEtinas - How Women Succeed in the Workplace was an open forum discussion with a supporting Latina leader panel. We discussed limiting beliefs, how Women tend to cut ourselves short before anyone else, & how men can be supportive of women. I will be making this content available throughout the upcoming weeks and am excited to share the great conversations, questions, and concepts throughout the conference this weekend. Shout out to my SHPE Familia for constantly showing up & wanting to better yourself. We're all in this together & I'm grateful to have had the opportunity to share my own experiences, mistakes, & resources. #ThePeopleEngineer  #2018rldc5  #SHPERegion5 
Hey SHPE Familia 💙

Sooooo... I'm here at RLDC and.. I'm honored to be running for the National Board position this election (April 13). During the regional meeting here at RLDC 5, I gave my 2 minute speech and expressed a little more about why I want to serve you at the national level as a board member.

Please feel free to DM me on here on Instagram. Would love to talk with your chapter on how I can help you & every single one of your members.

I've put in countless hours, miles, & efforts the last 3 years serving as the region 5 vice president and serving on national committees to the point I'd like to serve you all at the next strategic level.

Serving as the Region 5 Mama Loba 🐺 💙 gave me the opportunity to do what all I could to help fuel the local Lobos 🐾 efforts, to practice my leadership, to grow and learn better ways to serve & I'd love your chapter's support to enable me to serve our entire National familia.

#ChangingLivesPastRegion5
#SHPE
Hey SHPE Familia 💙 Sooooo... I'm here at RLDC and.. I'm honored to be running for the National Board position this election (April 13). During the regional meeting here at RLDC 5, I gave my 2 minute speech and expressed a little more about why I want to serve you at the national level as a board member. Please feel free to DM me on here on Instagram. Would love to talk with your chapter on how I can help you & every single one of your members. I've put in countless hours, miles, & efforts the last 3 years serving as the region 5 vice president and serving on national committees to the point I'd like to serve you all at the next strategic level. Serving as the Region 5 Mama Loba 🐺 💙 gave me the opportunity to do what all I could to help fuel the local Lobos 🐾 efforts, to practice my leadership, to grow and learn better ways to serve & I'd love your chapter's support to enable me to serve our entire National familia. #ChangingLivesPastRegion5  #SHPE 
I'm not done fan-girling yet!

As if I wasn't already in love with and obsessed with Africa 🌍 I have the honor of interviewing  panelist @abellabateyunga from Tanzania 🇹🇿 thanks to @discovereorg! 
Tanzania Bora Initiative are collaborative efforts of Tanzanian individuals who share common objectives of development in social, political and economic aspects. The initiative is inspired and driven by the zeal of seeing an engaged, accountable, and responsible society, where every citizen has responsibility and a role to play in bringing about sustainable development, as well as emphasizing accountability by leaders at all levels.

Vision
To see a peaceful, responsible, accountable and transparent society in which citizens are informed of their civic rights and actively engaged in social, political and economic development.

Mission
To promote a democratic culture in Tanzania, by encouraging good governance practices among the leaders and Citizen, Youth and Women in particular, via media and arts

Want to learn more?
Join in LIVE in 2 days - Wednesday - by registering for FREE at bit.ly/globalmarathon2018 ・・・ Join @tanzania_bora at the #globalmarathon !
I'm not done fan-girling yet! As if I wasn't already in love with and obsessed with Africa 🌍 I have the honor of interviewing panelist @abellabateyunga from Tanzania 🇹🇿 thanks to @discovereorg! Tanzania Bora Initiative are collaborative efforts of Tanzanian individuals who share common objectives of development in social, political and economic aspects. The initiative is inspired and driven by the zeal of seeing an engaged, accountable, and responsible society, where every citizen has responsibility and a role to play in bringing about sustainable development, as well as emphasizing accountability by leaders at all levels. Vision To see a peaceful, responsible, accountable and transparent society in which citizens are informed of their civic rights and actively engaged in social, political and economic development. Mission To promote a democratic culture in Tanzania, by encouraging good governance practices among the leaders and Citizen, Youth and Women in particular, via media and arts Want to learn more? Join in LIVE in 2 days - Wednesday - by registering for FREE at bit.ly/globalmarathon2018 ・・・ Join @tanzania_bora at the #globalmarathon  !
Y'ALL!! THIS WEEK!

I get to moderate a panel discussion with the badass woman of @mythbusters
- @inspectorplanet!! If you already don't know, I'm beyond passionate & nerd 🤓 out over sharing knowledge, sharing the crazy cool world of engineering & @discovereorg is helping us do just that!

So ya know.. No big deal. Just get to ask all the nerdy questions about how & why these Rockstar engineers are sharing what all they do and how they do it.

Join us this WEDNESDAY by registering at bit.ly/globalmarathon2018 ・・・
Join Dr. Tracy Fanara at the #globalmarathon on March 7! Click link in bio to register for this free event and learn more.
Y'ALL!! THIS WEEK! I get to moderate a panel discussion with the badass woman of @mythbusters - @inspectorplanet!! If you already don't know, I'm beyond passionate & nerd 🤓 out over sharing knowledge, sharing the crazy cool world of engineering & @discovereorg is helping us do just that! So ya know.. No big deal. Just get to ask all the nerdy questions about how & why these Rockstar engineers are sharing what all they do and how they do it. Join us this WEDNESDAY by registering at bit.ly/globalmarathon2018 ・・・ Join Dr. Tracy Fanara at the #globalmarathon  on March 7! Click link in bio to register for this free event and learn more.
My face for 'when is my next trip.. please!' 😂

Wanderlust is a real thing. And I have it real bad. I would have never dreamed of having the opportunity to travel the world much less to have had the chance to adventure in Spain 🇪🇸 the whole week after my birthday!

No words could describe the beauty. No emotions expressed could accurately portray the excitement & joy in my heart.

I know a new adventure awaits me soon. But it won't be soon enough! Good food. New cultures. Chances to meet new friends, & acquaintances. Oh how  the thought alone makes my heart leap!

#AdventuresOfBrianne
My face for 'when is my next trip.. please!' 😂 Wanderlust is a real thing. And I have it real bad. I would have never dreamed of having the opportunity to travel the world much less to have had the chance to adventure in Spain 🇪🇸 the whole week after my birthday! No words could describe the beauty. No emotions expressed could accurately portray the excitement & joy in my heart. I know a new adventure awaits me soon. But it won't be soon enough! Good food. New cultures. Chances to meet new friends, & acquaintances. Oh how the thought alone makes my heart leap! #AdventuresOfBrianne 
#womenInEngineering
Talk about a post for #MotivationalMonday!! I can't put into words the feeling of pride and excitement from hosting the College to Careers event this weekend on behalf of @shpedfw joined with @dallasswe & @nsbedfw.

And even though the % of women in engineering is still rather slim, all 3 diversity orgs are currently being ran by women engineers! It's an absolute honor to serve our DFW community but moreso to be an influence, a beacon of light, inspiration, & some kind of hope that anyone is capable of anything.

Serving as a panelist, I got a little more real than most. Sharing my mistakes and talking about the harsh realities of us being our biggest critics. We have to believe in ourselves, our dreams, & our capabilities before anyone else will ever take a chance on us. We have to be willing to show up, do work, & fight for what we want - regardless of how many times we have to retake a class or fall on our faces.

These women are my motivation & I hope we only help inspire more. We need more. We deserve to have an equal seat at the table & to give the 50% of the population our rightful perspective, insights, & say.
#womenInEngineering  Talk about a post for #MotivationalMonday !! I can't put into words the feeling of pride and excitement from hosting the College to Careers event this weekend on behalf of @shpedfw joined with @dallasswe & @nsbedfw. And even though the % of women in engineering is still rather slim, all 3 diversity orgs are currently being ran by women engineers! It's an absolute honor to serve our DFW community but moreso to be an influence, a beacon of light, inspiration, & some kind of hope that anyone is capable of anything. Serving as a panelist, I got a little more real than most. Sharing my mistakes and talking about the harsh realities of us being our biggest critics. We have to believe in ourselves, our dreams, & our capabilities before anyone else will ever take a chance on us. We have to be willing to show up, do work, & fight for what we want - regardless of how many times we have to retake a class or fall on our faces. These women are my motivation & I hope we only help inspire more. We need more. We deserve to have an equal seat at the table & to give the 50% of the population our rightful perspective, insights, & say.
#MotivationalMonday

This weekend I had the pleasure of supporting a SWE, NSBE, & SHPE event - College to Careers.

It's crazy to think not too long ago I myself was asking the exact questions the students were.

How do you get a job at a company if you don't know anyone that works there?
What's the difference between coach and a mentor? How do I find a mentor? What's the difference between effectively communicating and bragging about yourself? On and on... Having the opportunity to provide insight, my experiences, advice, and even sharing mistakes I've made truly gives me life. It fuels me - it's my motivation. If I can help others succeed and be successful in areas I failed or had to learn the hard way - I'm all for it.

I'm currently working on creating all kinds of freebie reference documents & worksheets to help answer the questions I got this weekend.

Have any questions about finishing school? Applying or interviewing for an engineering gig? Resume writing or networking?

Let me know in the comments below.
#MotivationalMonday  This weekend I had the pleasure of supporting a SWE, NSBE, & SHPE event - College to Careers. It's crazy to think not too long ago I myself was asking the exact questions the students were. How do you get a job at a company if you don't know anyone that works there? What's the difference between coach and a mentor? How do I find a mentor? What's the difference between effectively communicating and bragging about yourself? On and on... Having the opportunity to provide insight, my experiences, advice, and even sharing mistakes I've made truly gives me life. It fuels me - it's my motivation. If I can help others succeed and be successful in areas I failed or had to learn the hard way - I'm all for it. I'm currently working on creating all kinds of freebie reference documents & worksheets to help answer the questions I got this weekend. Have any questions about finishing school? Applying or interviewing for an engineering gig? Resume writing or networking? Let me know in the comments below.
Automotive Manufacturing. Trucking. Assembly Lines.

Very few times will any of those above be paired with a lady much less a girl.

In celebration of Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day, I’d like to highlight the amazing support Peterbilt has provided me in helping raise awareness of what all us ladies are capable of. From my first interview with Peterbilt Motors, I knew I was appreciated and valued. Joining the Advanced Manufacturing Engineering group as one of the youngest and the only female was an incredibly welcoming experience. For anyone who knows me, I ask a million questions, I push the status quo and I tend to challenge the comfortable ‘that’s just the way we’ve always done things’.
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But they were ready for me. Peterbilt welcomes challenges. ‘Pride Comes Standard’ isn’t just a slogan but a way of thinking, a way of growing, and a culture embedded in any meeting, program, and product. Having a welcoming environment and being appreciated by an entire company’s culture is one thing – a great thing – but even more impressive is their understanding of the importance of diversity and inclusion. Diversity in thought, diversity in background, diversity in general and all the while simultaneous efforts to be inclusive – always.
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I’ve had the opportunity to give countless plant tours. The majority of those plant tours have been to my SHPE [Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers] students and ironically the bulk of attendees and those requesting the tours are girls. Anything from logistics, robots, project development, how the assembly lines work, process considerations, product implementation, to new cutting edge technology - the curiosity and interest only continue to grow as a tour ensues.
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It’s an honor to serve the overall vision Peterbilt delivers not only to our customers through our products but internally as a family. To the many girls I’ve helped educate about the trucking industry or the manufacturing world – it’s helped solidify their interest in engineering. Being a Hispanic female, they see themselves in me & I in them. They aren't afraid to ask questions or ask how I ended up here.

SEE IT TO BE IT.
Automotive Manufacturing. Trucking. Assembly Lines. Very few times will any of those above be paired with a lady much less a girl. In celebration of Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day, I’d like to highlight the amazing support Peterbilt has provided me in helping raise awareness of what all us ladies are capable of. From my first interview with Peterbilt Motors, I knew I was appreciated and valued. Joining the Advanced Manufacturing Engineering group as one of the youngest and the only female was an incredibly welcoming experience. For anyone who knows me, I ask a million questions, I push the status quo and I tend to challenge the comfortable ‘that’s just the way we’ve always done things’. -------------- But they were ready for me. Peterbilt welcomes challenges. ‘Pride Comes Standard’ isn’t just a slogan but a way of thinking, a way of growing, and a culture embedded in any meeting, program, and product. Having a welcoming environment and being appreciated by an entire company’s culture is one thing – a great thing – but even more impressive is their understanding of the importance of diversity and inclusion. Diversity in thought, diversity in background, diversity in general and all the while simultaneous efforts to be inclusive – always. -------------- I’ve had the opportunity to give countless plant tours. The majority of those plant tours have been to my SHPE [Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers] students and ironically the bulk of attendees and those requesting the tours are girls. Anything from logistics, robots, project development, how the assembly lines work, process considerations, product implementation, to new cutting edge technology - the curiosity and interest only continue to grow as a tour ensues. -------------- It’s an honor to serve the overall vision Peterbilt delivers not only to our customers through our products but internally as a family. To the many girls I’ve helped educate about the trucking industry or the manufacturing world – it’s helped solidify their interest in engineering. Being a Hispanic female, they see themselves in me & I in them. They aren't afraid to ask questions or ask how I ended up here. SEE IT TO BE IT.
HAPPY ENGINEERS WEEK!! It's a beautiful day full of rain ☔ & puddles! My favorite!

As if getting spoiled all last week for my birthday wasn't enough, this week is the celebration of engineers!

I share this #throwback bc this is how I've always been. Excited, nerdy, & unyieldingly curious. I had the greatest opportunity to oversee #3dprinting when I worked for an international aerospace company.

Through this I was able to design, come up, & brainstorm ideas that were out of this world! Solving problems with so many different ways to go about it always has & always been a fun challenge for me. I ask a billion questions. All the time. Being an engineer isn't about having the answers or even knowing where to begin - it's about acknowledging you're only limited by your imagination & resources.

The world of design & 3D printing is so incredibly exciting because new technology allows us to visualize & create so many solutions we otherwise may not have been able to come to.

Think about it - drawings used to be hand-crafted & 'models' were merely isometric views your 45° angles allowed you to depict 🤓
HAPPY ENGINEERS WEEK!! It's a beautiful day full of rain ☔ & puddles! My favorite! As if getting spoiled all last week for my birthday wasn't enough, this week is the celebration of engineers! I share this #throwback  bc this is how I've always been. Excited, nerdy, & unyieldingly curious. I had the greatest opportunity to oversee #3dprinting  when I worked for an international aerospace company. Through this I was able to design, come up, & brainstorm ideas that were out of this world! Solving problems with so many different ways to go about it always has & always been a fun challenge for me. I ask a billion questions. All the time. Being an engineer isn't about having the answers or even knowing where to begin - it's about acknowledging you're only limited by your imagination & resources. The world of design & 3D printing is so incredibly exciting because new technology allows us to visualize & create so many solutions we otherwise may not have been able to come to. Think about it - drawings used to be hand-crafted & 'models' were merely isometric views your 45° angles allowed you to depict 🤓
Going LIVE tomorrow @the_people_engineer!

Like & follow 👆 if you're interested.

This is only the beginning...
Going LIVE tomorrow @the_people_engineer! Like & follow 👆 if you're interested. This is only the beginning...
TOMORROW!

We'll be jumping right in. With Exams coming up.. Or even this week for you unlucky people - I'll be going live - right here - tomorrow night to go over study tips & tricks to own exams.

Find out how to study, where to study, & how to get over the paralyzing nerves once you step foot in the room.

How do you best prepare for an upcoming exam? Do you cram? Go through class notes? Try to pull together a study group?

Let me know! Any questions - post em below & join Live tomorrow to get more details.
TOMORROW! We'll be jumping right in. With Exams coming up.. Or even this week for you unlucky people - I'll be going live - right here - tomorrow night to go over study tips & tricks to own exams. Find out how to study, where to study, & how to get over the paralyzing nerves once you step foot in the room. How do you best prepare for an upcoming exam? Do you cram? Go through class notes? Try to pull together a study group? Let me know! Any questions - post em below & join Live tomorrow to get more details.
BRINGING YALL ROUND 2 
For those of you who didn't participate in the 1st 3 Day Challenge - here's your chance.

After receiving multiple requests to do another challenge, Let's do this!! Weekdays can be incredibly stressful chaotic so let's get it together during the weekend?
What else you got planned?
Go out? Netflix?

Promise you'll still have time to take a break this weekend but you'll start Monday feeling like a whole new person!
BRINGING YALL ROUND 2 For those of you who didn't participate in the 1st 3 Day Challenge - here's your chance. After receiving multiple requests to do another challenge, Let's do this!! Weekdays can be incredibly stressful chaotic so let's get it together during the weekend? What else you got planned? Go out? Netflix? Promise you'll still have time to take a break this weekend but you'll start Monday feeling like a whole new person!
So incredibly grateful to have had the opportunity to work with an entrepreneur and artist I've admired for over a year now.

Last weekend was seriously a dream come true even if the weather & wind 🍃 didn't get the memo of this being a bucketlist/dream come true moment. 
Looking forward to sharing the beautiful content soon via @the_people_engineer
So incredibly grateful to have had the opportunity to work with an entrepreneur and artist I've admired for over a year now. Last weekend was seriously a dream come true even if the weather & wind 🍃 didn't get the memo of this being a bucketlist/dream come true moment. Looking forward to sharing the beautiful content soon via @the_people_engineer