Welcome to womanengineer.com!
My inspiration for womanengineer.com came from my want to spread engineering to reach even the most impoverish corner to the world. I want to be able to show even the poorest child if given the right opportunity can succeed in engineering. This website is not about a feminist.
The goal for this blog is to share my experiences as a young 20 something. I hope that by doing so, readers will gain more confidence to be the best that he/she can possibly be. I was fortunate enough to have what I have and it got me to where I am today. So I want to give forward my experiences in hope of learning more about life experiences through my readers.
I was born in Vietnam in 1995, I have to say that the first 9 years of my life in Vietnam shaped the me today. I grew up in a small village 4-10 hours outside of Ho Chi Minh City. In the early years of my life, I was still seeing houses made out of straws-you know the things that cows and horses eat. People die from typhoons, lightning, lack of health care-I still blame my grandfather’s early death to this, land slides, water poisoning, food poisoning, you name it. But compared to most people my family was still better off (I can paint the situation by saying that I had a whole egg to myself while the family 2 houses down shared 1 egg among 10 siblings). In April 2004, we got extremely lucky. The sponsorship papers my mom’s sister had turned in 12 years back to the United State Government finally came back with good news. My parents quickly sold the land that they worked on, the rings on their fingers, borrowed some more money just enough for 4-one way plane tickets to the United State of America. Before I knew it, I was saying goodbye to my grandparents, aunts and uncles, my 3rd grade class room and the whole village. When we got on the bus to leave the village, I remembered I was really sad that I had to leave my brand new backpack that I got when I entered the 3rd grade.
We flew into LAX airport after dark one night in April 2004. 2 days later my sister, who was 2 years old at the time, asked if she could stay forever-her dream obviously came true. So when anyone asks who inspires me the most, I would say my parents. They are really something beyond greatness.
To answer why I chose the career path I chose today, I have to say that civil engineering was always in my blood. by the age of 9 I knew I wanted to provide clean water, build wells, prevent floods and you know, civil engineering. I declared Civil Engineering as a major because I had talked to my high school counselors about engineering and she recommended Civil Engineering-her husband is a Civil Engineer so she knew exactly what I should do. But like the little high school punk I was, I didn’t really care. I went to college, I met someone really special to me. He helped me with my very first engineering job. An internship at a local agency. From the time I met him, everything changed. It was like I walked out of a door (I literally did, I quit the nun hood life). and I was hit with enlightenment. All the puzzle pieces came together, I finally understood! By understanding my purpose and passion in life helped me get the job and life that I have today and it couldn’t get any better.
But I couldn’t have done it if I didn’t meet all the right people. It’s all about luck really. I have the best parents and sibling of all. My wonderful God-send angel, we may be as close to be anymore but he deserves more than thank yous. My supervisors, my professors and last but not least my mentors. They all helped me get to where I am today. I now get to work for a company that is the “leading provider of consulting, engineering, program management, construction management and technical services worldwide.” I get to deal with river and coastal engineering. I get to be involved in projects that teaches me how to improve the well being of lives.
My hobbies includes spending time with the people I cherish. I enjoy going to the beach, learning new skills and traveling!