After a very busy day at work today, I received an email from a friend letting me know I had been featured in MLive today for my participation on the #ILookLikeAnEngineer campaign here in Michigan.

I grew up with parents who told me I could be anything I wanted to be. So I became an Information Systems Engineer. One out of two women in my graduation ceremony. College Board member, representing the body of Information System Engineering students. Valedictorian.

Fast forward to the present, I’m a UX/UI Consultant who loves building web applications and collaborating with talented professionals.

Being a female engineer, I’ve always been a minority and I’ve heard my share of discouraging comments from some people in my field throughout the years, just like most of women in the field. But I’ve also met so many wonderful, talented people in the process who inspired me to move forward and be good at what I do.

This fall, I’m happy to announce that I’ll be co-teaching at the Girls Who Code seminar offered here in Grand Rapids, Michigan to young middle and high school girl students who are interested in computers, programming, and technology in general. I’m very excited to be able to help and encourage young girls into the tech field. Creating a balance in the tech field is only going to make us all stronger. Male and female engineers collaborating with each other and building wonderful things together.

We all have something to offer, let’s put our minds together and build awesome stuff, in my case, web applications.