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International Women in Engineering Day #INWED22

Celebrating our female engineers at OneBridge this INWED.

International Women in Engineering Day (INWED) is on June 23 this year, which celebrates the work women engineers all over the world continue to do to support our lives and everyday livelihoods. At OneBridge we pride ourselves in having a growing diverse team which includes some of the brightest female engineers.

We spoke to three of our engineers who have played a significant role in helping OneBridge get to where we are today. We’d like to introduce you to them here, they’ve shared some wisdom and advice with the next generation of women in engineering.

Megan Scudder

Name: Megan Scudder

Job Title: Product Manager- Corrosion

What are your key responsibilities?

Manage every aspect of the product development of the internal/external corrosion functionality/module. I work with data scientists to develop and test models based on results from ILI inspections and previous repair history. Along with providing input into a pricing structure under a consumption economic model and oversee product strategy, vision, roadmap, and customer adoption.

How do people perceive your job when you tell them what you do?

Most people are initially surprised but become more interested in the work my company does and it is less about my gender.

Why did you choose to go into engineering?

I was always interested in how things worked and driving down to the root of problems. My parents encouraged me to pursue engineering at an early age based on my constant questioning of why things like highway bridges and buildings were designed the way they were.

What tips do you have for women looking to go into technical engineering? Or What advice would you give to aspiring women in the energy sector, and to female engineers in particular?

Be confident that you deserve to have a seat at the table. Strive to learn as much as you can- when you get the opportunity to speak up, you will gain credibility based on what you know and what you can bring to the group.

How has your career changed over the time you’ve been in this field?

I see more diversity with women and POC in technical management roles and board level positions.

Wendy Aucoin

Name: Wendy Aucoin

Job Title: Customer Success Manager (formerly Product Manager)

What are your key responsibilities?

This is a new position at OneBridge to focus on Customer Success, ultimately when customers achieve their desired outcome through their interactions with us. This involves understanding the customer journey from purchase, adoption, retention, expansion, and ultimately advocacy.

How do people perceive your job when you tell them what you do?

Most initially they confuse Customer Success with Customer Support.

Why did you choose to go into engineering?

I chose Materials Engineering and was initially drawn to this discipline because it offered a wider range of employment opportunities.

What tips do you have for women looking to go into technical engineering? Or What advice would you give to aspiring women in the energy sector, and to female engineers in particular?

Don’t ever lose sight of your dreams, believe in yourself & don’t listen to anyone who says that it can’t be done. Try and be flexible and open to new opportunities within your chosen field. The most rewarding experiences are often disguised under a job title/position that may not exactly match what you initially went to school for.

How has your career changed over the time you’ve been in this field?

I’ve had some amazing opportunities working with an oil & gas company, and NDE provider in my first 10 years after graduation and moved into a consulting role to manage key project deliverables for software development including additional business areas of Finance, HR, Production Accounting, Land and Geosciences. The last six years (as Product Manager) for OneBridge allowed me to be on the “ground-floor” interacting with our first customers as we launched “CIM” including: product management, internal training, private-preview engagements with early-adopters, and remote customer service assistance.

Jiji Gracy

Name: Jiji Gracy

Job Title: Sr. Software Engineer

What are your key responsibilities?

Analyze the business requirements, derive the best technical solutions to enhance the business productivity, test to make sure that the applied solution meets user needs and deliver it on time.

How do people perceive your job when you tell them what you do?

I find respect is always there; people are curious about what happens behind the screens and, some people think it is often stressful. The short answer is software engineering is like playing a game. Keep solving one level and move towards the next levels. When you enjoy what you do you, you won’t be stressed out but feel satisfied.

Why did you choose to go into engineering?

I wanted to do something creative where I could learn new things, apply innovative thoughts, solve problems, and most importantly, you feel satisfied when customers are happy with the result.

What tips do you have for women looking to go into technical engineering? Or What advice would you give to aspiring women in the energy sector, and to female engineers in particular?

There are absolutely no limitations for women in Software Engineering. And being a Software Engineer is not about learning a particular programming language but being able to think logically about how to solve problems. It means listening to people describe their goals and challenges and collaborating with them to create systems to help solve those problems. You need to become familiar with the full software development life cycle and never stop learning.

How has your career changed over the time you’ve been in this field?

Over these years, I could work in different aspects of software development life cycle and still gain knowledge by learning new things. My expertise working in different business areas like retail, inventory management, pharmacy, trucking, energy etc. made me confident to take up new challenges. I feel happy and proud of being successful in achieving my professional goals, fulfilling my personal responsibilities as well.