Tell us a bit about yourself. Share a fun fact that people might not know about you.

I am originally from Sarawak but have grown up moving often to different cities and countries. This has given me a unique upbringing!

What were your favourite subjects in school? Did you enjoy Maths and Science subjects as a student?

I enjoyed all subjects really – maths and sciences as well as languages, literature and history.

What was your childhood ambition? Did you eventually pursue it as your career?

I wanted to be a teacher since I loved being inspired to learn by my teachers and wanted to do the same for others.

Describe what you do at work and its specific area in STEM. What does a typical day at work look like?

I design wells for upcoming oil and gas developments, following the project through to execution and start up. A typical day consists of various multidisciplinary integration work as maturing a project requires a range of expertise to come together.

I also do modelling and design work to ensure design is robust, fit for purpose and meets internal and external standards.

What do you love most about your work?

I love being part of huge projects that have a significant impact in providing energy to improve people’s quality of life; it’s purposeful work. I also really enjoy working with talented colleagues who push and inspire me to continuously improve.

What are some of the challenges you’ve faced in your career? How did you overcome them?

Challenges are a part of life and work, especially in a dynamic and increasingly challenging industry such as energy. The best thing to do when facing a challenge is to reach out for help/input from experts/mentors/peers, leverage on the knowledge and experience of others.

According to numerous studies, women are under-represented in STEM. Was this your experience in university, and is it any different now in your field of work?

In university my engineering degree graduating class consisted of <15% women. In my company it is more gender balanced due to conscious efforts by the company.

There are still many situations when onsite or dealing with vendors where women are clearly underrepresented and this is an opportunity for women to seize more engineering roles.

When pursuing your studies or career, did you ever feel that you were treated differently because of your gender?

I personally feel that some people still hold unconscious biases that women are generally not as good as men when it comes to STEM fields. This made me feel like I had to prove my capabilities and worth more.

Why do you think it’s important to have more women in STEM careers?

Companies are unable to reach their full potential if they don’t tap into the wealth of capabilities half the population bring. And women are missing out on fulfilling, exciting careers if they opt for roles that are deemed more “feminine” over their interest in STEM careers.

What advice would you give to young girls who are curious about a career in STEM?

Pursue it! A career in STEM is challenging and rewarding, if you enjoy math and sciences, follow your passions to a career in STEM!

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