When people first hear the title “engineer,” what often comes to mind is a man working in an office, like Dilbert. However, young women in the Engineering Academy at University High School, such as myself, hope to make the image of an engineer more diverse. When I started the program my freshman year, I couldn’t care less about the production process of everyday items or how they were designed. After various assignments that required drafting an innovation or improvement of an already existing product, such as a Styrofoam coffee cup, I began to develop a passion for development. This passion only grew after using Autodesk Inventor CAD software and learning to write code for machinery. This academy has opened my eyes to the magic behind products by teaching me how they were designed, drafted, and finally processed. This year, as a senior, I am excited to use everything I have learned in our year-long project which aims to prevent children from being left in cars and dying from heat stroke or hypothermia.
I can only hope that I can use this knowledge to lead me into the career of my choosing: computer science. So far, my experience in engineering has led me to apply and accept admission this fall to the University of North Texas in Denton.