Could you tell us about the background of your career?
I graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering and soon after college I moved to the US from Indonesia. I decided to pursue a career in Quality because I have always had a passion for it and I found my opportunity in the Manufacturing field. I started as Quality Technician and worked my way up to Quality Engineer. I’m active in my American Society for Quality (ASQ) local chapter and have earned certifications as a Quality Technician and as a Quality Engineer.
What are the highlights of your career so far?
My ASQ local chapter nominated me for consideration as 40 New Voices of Quality. The nomination process was worldwide and I was selected as one of the 40 to be featured in ASQ national magazine and online.
Why did you choose engineering?
It’s challenging and I like challenges.
What are the biggest challenges of your job?
Quality is often seen as road block for meeting a production goal. Sometimes there is a mentality that it’s acceptable to do rework instead of taking a little more time to do right the first time. I believe good quality will build loyalty and support business expansion.
What are your thoughts on the importance of diversity within engineering and in the workplace?
Very Important. Women have been overlooked in engineering field and sometimes aren’t even given a good chance to prove that we can succeed and even excel in engineering. Women have been boxed into certain roles.
Why should someone consider a career at Cobham?
Cobham is a good company to work for, there are good opportunities for women in engineering and they are supportive of personal growth. Also I find a good flexibility to maintain balance between work and family.
What does International Women in Engineering Day mean to you?
Breaking boundaries; women can be Engineers and work in engineer fields.