Meet Lisa Winter, Engineering Project Manager
What are your typical responsibilities?
As Engineering Project Manager I mainly deal with the timeline for our hardware production. I use my experience as a roboticist to create time estimates for each phase, and overall schedule, of our project. I work with suppliers to make sure that all of our parts arrive at the manufacturer on-time, and that each stage of production happens correctly and on-time. I also work with our local team to prioritize weekly tasks.
How did you become interested in a STEM profession?
STEM found me. I have been building robots for Robot Wars and BattleBots since I was 10 years old. It was always a fun hobby; I never thought about it turning into a career. Over time I found out that robotics was much more than a hobby and could lead to a lot of jobs. Planning and scheduling for BattleBots gave me a lot of the experience needed to become a Project Manager.
What or whom were you early influences?
My family influenced and encouraged me as a child. I was also inspired by cool shows like Star Trek, Mystery Science Theater 3000, Ren and Stimpy, and anything mechanical like bikes, kitchen mixers, scroll saws, and hot glue-guns.
What advice would you offer for students to cultivate an interest in STEM and prepare themselves for a potential future career in a STEM field?
Participate in all the fun nerdy sciency projects in school. Making volcanoes, Rube Goldberg machines, terrariums, etc. is all SO MUCH FUN! Make sure to pay attention to what activities are the most fun for you and continue to do them, explore, teach.
How can a profession in a STEM field empower young women to make a difference in the world?
It is important that professions in the STEM field gather opinions from ALL people. For example, let's say a team of male engineers designs a women's restroom. There is a high likelihood that there will be issues with the final design because they are not women and don't share the same experiences we go through. Everyone sees the world differently and has different opinions/knowledge to offer. Having a diverse team makes it possible to create something that will suit a more global market (and all genders).