Thanks for tuning into the Engineer Inclusion series, where we interview people in careers nontraditional for their gender. Role models are important for inspiring others to pursue nontraditional careers, so we hope you are inspired by our guests’ stories!
DID YOU KNOW?
A nontraditional career is any one in which a single-gender represents less than 25% of the total number of workers. There are nontraditional careers for both men and women.
Chanceé is an environmental engineer focused on racial equity and social justice.
Speaker. Author. Engineer. Community Servant. Chanceé is a community centered environmental engineer. She believes in the power of the people to create and implement change that benefits them. She is the former co-founder of Nspiregreen, an award-winning planning and engineering firm. Although she recently sold her firm, after eleven years of impacting communities, she still believes the solution to eradicating environmental inequities lies in building coalitions between policy makers, advocates and activists, and practitioners.
Chanceé has participated in international leadership opportunities in Ghana; Mali; Bosnia, Herzegovina; Kenya; and China. As a native of Selma, Alabama and first-generation college student, Chanceé understands the very thin line that exists between success and failure and has committed to empowering the next generation of young women through her non-profit, Destination Liberation. Through this organization, Chanceé provides international educational experiences to girls who otherwise would not be afforded the opportunity to travel, learn history, and become immersed in a different culture. In addition, she compiled an anthology targeted high school aged girls entitled “It’s Just High School: Inspiring Reflections of the Beauty, Pain and Pressure of High School Life.”
She serves on the board of the Audubon Naturalist Society, the executive board of the Chesapeake Bay Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee, is a former National Chair of the National Society of Black Engineers, and member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She has been featured as one of Ebony Magazine’s 30 Leaders of the Future and US Black Engineer Top 100 Most Important Blacks in Technology.
Lance is a recent graduate and about 6 months into his career as a nurse.
Emily is the Deputy Chief of Emergency Services, for Albuquerque, New Mexico, Fire Services.
Jennifer is a structural engineer specializing in large custom homes.
Jen’s interest in buildings started at a young age with blocks and Legos. A few math and science classes later, she found her way to Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo and graduated with a civil engineering degree. Since then, Jen has enjoyed number crunching and designing structures in earthquake country. Although her path did not include certification in CAD training, it is an essential skill that she’s incorporated into her daily work life. She feels that pursuing CAD training is a great stepping stone to the architecture, engineering, and construction fields.
Robert Da Silva
In this interview, Robert Da Silva shares his experiences as a nurse, and offers advice for other men who may be considering a career in the profession.
Peter Sheppard, Jr
In this interview, Peter Sheppard, Jr., shares his experiences first as a nursing student and then as a radiology student at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana.