What has helped you the most in your career as an enGIRLneer?

Being in an environment where I'm the only female and stereotypes exist, my biggest tool has been to ask questions and learn to say "Let me get back to you." I have truly embraced the fact that I don’t have to know everything and I'm not expected to. As an engineer, I'm expected to know how to find answers, be resourceful, and learn from experience, but that does not mean I'm supposed to be an expert. Whether this means looking through a specification, rule, finding someone who can provide an answer or point me elsewhere, it's okay. It's progress towards the right answer. For the longest time, I let stereotypes and self-doubt affect my learning because I was afraid of what others would think if my question was "dumb." I learned to accept that I will never know everything, no matter the years of experience.

Celeste Ortiz