#INWED – Ask An Engineer: Miriam Lorenzo

Miriam has worked as an Engineer in the Automotive sector for over 10 years, and joined DSD in February 2016, specialising in control systems for transmission and driveline applications.

International Women in Engineering Day (INWED – 23 June annually) focuses attention on the amazing careers in engineering and technical roles for young women, and allows us to celebrate the achievements of our outstanding women engineers. (source: http://www.inwed.org.uk)

We took the opportunity to interview Principal Engineer Miriam Lorenzo to find out what motivated her to start a career in engineering and her highlights working in the industry. We hope this might offer some inspiration to young people, especially young women in their final years of school, to consider the opportunities a career in engineering offers.

1. What does your role as Principal Engineer at DSD involve?

I work as a Principal engineer within the Control System Department, specialised in powertrain embedded control systems.

2. What is the best part about working in Engineering? 

One of the best parts of working at Drive System Design is the nature of the work, very technical, challenging and truly enjoyable. The other part is the people, I work with a very passionate team, smart and of immense integrity. And I must not forget pizza days!

3. Can you offer any tips or advice for young people considering a career in engineering? 

Working in the engineering sector is such a journey; you never really finish, even after you retire, your engineering mind will accompany you for life. Engineering will lead you into continuous learning and development, both in your technical knowledge and in your wider skills.

I would love to see in the near future that women in engineering day doesn’t have to be commemorated, the reason being that engineering is equally dominated by both men and women, so it can become engineering day!. Still a long way to go, but all changing progressively in the right direction, thanks to great initiatives like STEM ambassadors program. Whether a child is eventually interested or attracted by STEM subjects, all children should have equal opportunities throughout the learning years to ‘try it out’, whether they are boys or girls, as every person is capable of achieving any goal.