Two New York-based Transit Wireless engineers, Tamara Caison-Desjardins and Nupur Sutaria, have spoken out in support of the ‘#ILookLikeAnEngineer’ campaign that took Twitter by storm in August.
The campaign, which aims to combat stereotypes and promote the profession’s diversity, began in response to negative backlash received by a software company that had used a photo of a female engineer as part of its advertising.
Senior OSP Design Engineer Tamara Caison-Desjardins said that as an African American, a wife and mother of four, she is proud to break many of the stereotypes of a ‘typical’ engineer.
“I am pleased that this #ILookLikeAnEngineer movement is trying to break down stereotypes and encourage women to pursue their career goals, specifically in the technology industry,” Ms Caison-Desjardins said.
“I hope that in my position as a Senior Outside Plant Engineer for Transit Wireless, I serve as a role model for other young women.”
Senior designer Nupur Sutaria said that she could not imagine herself in any other career, with engineering providing her the opportunity to push herself further every day.
“Since joining Transit Wireless about two-and-a-half-years ago, my career has progressed from project engineer to design engineer and to my current position, senior design engineer,” Ms Sutaria said.
“My company’s engineers don’t all look the same, but we stand for the same professional principles and we are all capable of doing amazing things.”
Transit Wireless is a majority-owned BAI Communications company.