Swetha Manimuthu earned her Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Anna University in Chennai, India, and her Master of Business Administration from Texas A&M University. Below she shares a little about her career and the inspiration behind it.
What is your specific area of STEM?
How would you explain your STEM field to young girls?
Electricity powers every equipment and technology that you come across in your day-to-day activity. Electrical engineering involves generating electricity, transmitting electricity from where it was created to where it is used, and developing equipment that uses electricity to improve our lives.
What traits might a child possess that may indicate an interest or aptitude for your STEM field?
Curiosity. Even as a child, I was known to ask a lot of questions and to want to look at everything that was kept on a shelf until my curiosity was appeased. ‘Why is it like this? Why does it do that?’ are some of the typical questions that my father had to contend with on a drive with me. Besides, I was more interested in my brother's home science projects than mine in middle school – his involved building a lamp! A natural aptitude for mathematics & science is an additional trait which may indicate a proficiency for STEM fields.
What did you know about your STEM field when you were a child?
I did not know much about electrical engineering as a child except that it had something to do with electricity. But even as a kid, I would take on little projects such as building a lamp, stringing together LEDs with a battery and such. My focus was more on astrophysics growing up and I enjoyed learning about the universe, the big bang theory, and progress in rockets made by the Indian Space and Research Organization. Transition from physics to electrical engineering was smooth and I moved to bread boards and resistors from lamps and LEDs.
Why did you choose your STEM field? Were you inspired by someone?
Electrical engineering is an integral part of what makes our world function. Even the medical field has improved leaps and bounds with the invention of scanning and imaging equipment. It was an easy decision for me to take electrical engineering because I knew I could work in any industry with electrical engineering.
What are some really cool things that people in your profession work on?
Electrical engineering is the foundation for every technology we have. A world without electricity will be dark (literally)! Some of the cool things that me and my friends have done:
What inspirational message would you give young girls to inspire them to pursue STEM?
With STEM, the world is open to you!
Thank you for contributing, Swetha!
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