We wanted to give some of our EoT family to opportunity to share their stories, so, we asked Trisha Mahesh – our amazing 2019 summer intern – to share her EoT experience.
Here’s what she wrote….
To fulfill the work component of my Engineering Masters program at University of Waterloo, I elected to work for Engineers of Tomorrow (EOT) as a Program Coordinator. I found it very appealing to work for a Non-Profit with a great mission and the desire to bring about a positive change in the society.
EoT partners with engineering companies, professional associations, and educators to transform the engineering profession. STEM outreach is something very close to my heart, and the experience I gathered in this position will ever be cherished.
I was working under the guidance Rebecca White, the CEO of EoT. My primary work was to coordinate the Engineer in Residence (EIR) program. The EIR program is the engineering outreach program of Engineers of Tomorrow (EoT). It was founded by the organization for certification of engineers called, Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO). The program pairs engineers with schools to give presentations, do activities, and encourage students to make STEM their career choice. The participation in the EIR program has grown significantly in the last couple of years and the challenge for me was to maintain the momentum.
I selected an innovation project that, I felt, would be great for the expansion of the organization and qualitative improvement of its outreach objective. I worked on a podcast specific to the needs of EOT. Current research shows that a well-structured podcast can influence the audience positively from 9 to 14%.
Being from a Supply Chain background, the EoT experience was very fresh and unique to me.
Working closely with Rebecca and Erica helped me understand the intricacies and challenges of running a Non-Profit.
The encouraging feedback from the teachers and EIR kept me pushing the boundaries and stay on top of things.
It has been a transformative experience for me, and I feel especially proud of the fact that my first Canadian assignment was with a women led organization.
I sincerely thank Rebecca White for the support and encouragement I received. I also extend my sincere gratitude to Erica Lee Garcia, the founder of EoT, who has been a source of great inspiration for me.
My best wishes to the team at EoT in conquering new heights during the coming years!
Thank-you Trisha for all the great work that you did this past summer to keep the Engineer in Residence program going strong! We wish you all the best ❤️
Trisha is currently doing her fall work term at Food Huggers Inc., as an SCM consultant.