Hi, could you introduce yourself?

My name is Sneha Sinha, and I'm a senior in industrial engineering at Oregon State University. I am a woman of color, artist, and impassioned advocate for inclusion in STEM.

advocate for inclusion in STEM

How did you get into your current field?

I honestly picked engineering randomly in college, because I knew that I would likely have a secure job upon graduation and I knew I liked solving problems! I was never really that great at math and science which really discouraged me for a long time, but I really wanted to become an engineer so I did what I had to do- kept pushing!

What are your goals?

My goal is to utilize my influence and story to normalize the existence of multi-faceted bold brown women in STEM, like myself. I want to create discourse and lasting change in the way we recruit and retain women into STEM, from childhood to career. My personal goal is to start my own company one day!

a female engineer in the workshop

What tips would you give to someone wanting to break into tech?

My biggest tip would be to keep an open mind, and keep pushing. If you are sure that you want to do tech, no one can tell you otherwise no matter how hard they try. Ask questions, be authentic, and be teachable. Peek through every open door you can, you never know which opportunity can take you to the next level and when. And lastly, KEEP LEARNING! Dedicate yourself to learning new skills, especially technical ones. I need to start making progress towards this myself, but we have the power to grow ourselves.

Who do you follow? What blogs do you read?

Honestly, there are SO many incredible blogs and pages on instagram that focus on women in STEM, I'm not sure that I can pick one! One of my favorites is @bosswomencollective.

Any book recommendations?

Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg. A classic, but incredible peak into the reality of being a woman in a man's world. I hope to one day write a book like hers!

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What’s the best way to keep up to date with what you’re doing?

Follow me on my instagram, @engineerlikealady! I'm constantly posting discourse about inclusion in STEM, career and school tips, and positive affirmations. I am always excited to meet new people, so please reach out and let's chat!

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