Place of birth:
El Paso, Texas, USA
USA and Mexico
Bachelor of Science, Chemical Engineering – University of Arizona; Master of Science, Systems Engine
Facilities System Engineer, Bulk Chemical Delivery Systems; Intel Corporation
I am a chemical engineer at Intel. I am in charge of large chemical systems that feed various chemicals through thousands of feet of line to feed our factory tools that use them to manufacture computer chips. The process for making a computer chip is very complex and thus requires that chemicals are very clean and pure! That is where my systems background comes into play. I ensure that the chemicals that my systems send to the factory are as clean as possible (some of the purest chemicals in the world!) and are running 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If there are any issues with these chemicals, any little particle could ruin the computer chip! This is where being an engineer comes in handy.
When an issue occurs and one of my systems is down, I have to use my engineering problem solving skills to resolve the issue and get the system back up and running. I also ensure that everything is operating with Safety as a top priority. It can be quite challenging, but mostly it is fun! I get to wear a hardhat, steel toe shoes and work with various dangerous chemicals alongside a dynamic team of engineers and technicians. How many people can say that about their job? :-)
Why would you recommend exploring careers in science and technology to other Latina girls?
I would recommend that Latina girls explore careers in science and technology because the possibilities truly are endless. There is so much to learn and so many ways that you can help society and the world.
There are countless things to work on and you really can find your passion and be happy working at it. With a career in science and technology, you are pushed to the limits and you can find your true potential that you never knew was possible. So...Why not go for it?