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Women in Engineering Day: passion is not about gender

On ​International Women in Engineering Day, we want to show the world that engineering excellence is no question of gender – it's a question of talent, passion and a certain view on our world. A perfect example for this is our colleague Vijaya Thippavajjula. As a child, she wanted to know how the world works. As a professional engineer at thyssenkrupp, she leads a project that is taking elevator availability, reliability and efficiency to new heights.

Vijaya, can you tell us when you started working for TK Elevator and what’s your current job?

I started at thyssenkrupp in August 2017. I work in the software engineering department as a project lead for the cloud-based, predictive maintenance solution MAX.

Is it possible to name the moment in which you decided to become an engineer?

I always liked to tinker with things to understand how they worked. This passion has always driven me to do something very exciting and interesting for living. Along with this, I had strong interests in math & physics. These “prerequisites”, combined with my passion to solve puzzles, made me realize engineering would be a good fit for me. As a result, I made a choice towards becoming an electronics and communications engineer.

There are certainly many of them, but what was your best moment as an engineer for you personally?

It happens on a daily basis – whenever my daughter tells people that her mom is an engineer and that she can fix the problem. Every time I am able to solve a problem or find a solution to a new project is an “aha” moment for me. However, the best moment as a professional engineer was when I had my first customer site visit. Fixing a problem and then seeing that my work impacts the real world is really amazing.

Can you name the most important characteristics of an engineer?

Good problem solving skills and attention to detail are really crucial. For an engineer, it is important to think ahead and identify the possible problems that might arise so that when they happen, they are easier to be addressed.

To wrap-up things, why would you advise young talents to become an engineer like you?

Becoming an engineer comes with a wealth of knowledge that enables you to do amazing things in life. So I try to share my experience with the young and expose them to technology, science and innovation. I want them to realize what our society needs, where they are good at, what makes them happy and how to train themselves for the required competencies and skills. The future belongs to the young, so they should be able to do whatever they are passionate about – no matter if male or female.