Industrial Engineering and Management, B.S. (1993)
Vice President - Vareberg Engineering
Hometown: Galchutt, ND
Now lives in: Fargo, ND
Career path: I started my engineering career in healthcare. I worked at both Trinity Regional Hospital in Fort Dodge, IA and Iowa Methodist Hospital in Des Moines, IA as a Management Engineer for several years until I moved back to North Dakota. At this point in time, I shifted to the consulting engineering field and have been involved for over 20 years.
What or who inspired you to pursue a career in engineering?
Several family members suggested it as an option due to my interests in math and science.
What’s it like being a woman in a male-dominated field?
It does have its challenges which vary dependent upon the industry.
What advice would you give to young girls interested in engineering?
There should be no reason to not pursue an engineering degree as a female. It is a very rewarding career.
What’s your best memory from NDSU?
As an E&A Ambassador, we planned E&A Day. It was a day off from all classes and we celebrated as an Engineering & Architectural college at a local park with games, food and beverages. It was a great way to spend time with your classmates and friends from across the college in a social setting during the spring.
I was also a member of SWE. One year, we attended the Regional Conference at University of Wisconsin - Madison. It was a very fun and quite memorable experience.
How did your NDSU education prepare you for your career?
I was encouraged to pursue various internship positions which led me to my passion in healthcare engineering. But the 'Management' portion of my degree has led me to where I am now.
Does your gender give you a different perspective and experience from your male counterparts?
Yes, I believe it does. Women take a different approach to most situations/problems. This difference helps to open up discussion to create the best possible solution.
What advice would you give to female college students just getting started in the NDSU engineering program?
My advice to a female getting started in engineering is to GET INVOLVED - join clubs, seek out research opportunities, pursue internships. This will help lead you to your passion.