We’re on a mission
To openly discuss the challenges faced
by women* in engineering.
Our vision is to create a space online to engage in candid conversations about the professional lives of women* in engineering. We know that we are not alone in the struggles we face and we believe that the only way we will find solutions to these challenges is through open discussion.
*women as described by you - we don’t discriminate.
The story behind enggirlproblems
During her undergraduate studies, Elaine Samuel started a private Facebook group called #enggirlproblems for female engineering students at Western University. The group quickly grew as members shared their humorous Western-specific #enggirlproblems.
In the summer of 2017, Olivia Gillis started her first job in industry and found herself with many questions related to operating as a woman in the engineering workplace. These included how to stand your ground with contractors and how to find women’s pants that will fit a tape measure (she is still working on this one). She knew others had to have similar questions and started toying with the idea of publishing a blog to explore these discussions.
Elaine and Olivia became friends at Western University over their shared love of Doctor Who and currently share an apartment in Toronto, Canada. When the idea of expanding the original #enggirlproblems group to a blogging platform surfaced, it wasn’t long before they were drinking wine and brainstorming for the blog in their kitchen.
OUR STORIES, INDIVIDUALLY
Elaine Samuel is an Environmental Engineer in Training at a civil engineering consulting firm in Toronto, whose focus is on infrastructure planning in water and wastewater systems for municipalities across southwestern Ontario. Elaine earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees in environmental engineering at Western University where she also specialized in International Development studies. Currently, she spends her weekends in Toronto tap dancing, volunteering with Society of Women Engineers Toronto, and enjoying time off with her friends.
Olivia Gillis earned a Bachelors of Engineering Science in Chemical Engineering from Western University in London, Canada. She is is a Project Manager and Process Engineer in Training consulting for the North American food industry, which is like working on a behind-the-scenes episode of How It's Made. Olivia’s love of food extends beyond engineering and she is someone who loves exploring new cities by eating her way through them. She is also forever on the hunt for the perfect dairy-free ice cream because although she knows her way around ice cream factories, she is sadly lactose intolerant.