The People of PASE: Tanya
Here at Peoples Associates Structural Engineers, we put our interns and their talents to work–their skill set and education are not taken lightly. We truly appreciate the opportunity to educate and shape these bright people into becoming talented Structural Engineers, ready to create the next set of structures that shape our cities.
This summer’s interns were a mix of eager Undergraduate and Graduate students. Join us as they share a bit of their story and what they look forward to on their journeys ahead.
All of our interns had a wonderful learning experience at PASE, giving them real-life experience that they’ll take into their blossoming careers. Team PASE took them in with open arms, and absolutely loved to show them what they can look forward to what awaits them after finishing their college careers.
Undergraduate Student at Cal Poly University
Why Structural Engineering?
The desire to work with buildings and structures began in High School. Tanya’s high school offered a program for Architecture, where she took a class that exposed her to the industry from a career perspective.
Once Tanya reached college, she was drawn to CalPoly’s Architectural Engineering program. It was in college that she learned Architecture wasn’t for her, but instead “found her way” to Structural Engineering. Being able to still be creative, yet in a different way, became the perfect fit.
What inspires you?
Being able to see her work come to fruition in a physical structure is Tanya’s inspiration. Being able to work towards a concrete goal, and seeing the public’s reaction, also fuels her motivation.
At PASE, what kind of project(s) did you work on?
Tanya’s internship was focused on projects for PASE’s Data Center/Mission Critical Team, working on projects that included equipment anchorage. In the beginning of her internship, she worked on many individual parts of projects, which then progressed into helping to finish an entire project.
How was your experience at PASE?
Working with our Data Center/Mission Critical team at PASE was a truly enjoyable experience for Tanya. She felt so welcomed and valued. The working environment was so positive, and teamwork and learning together was part of the everyday. Tanya truly felt that the people of Peoples Associates, and their talents and education, are truly valued. She was also very pleasantly surprised work in an office with so many other women–something she never experienced in the past.
Where are you heading next?
Nepal! Organized by CalPoly, Tanya will be joining intern Brooke on a journey to Nepal to volunteer their Structural Engineering skills to those in need. She can’t wait to see the country and help those affected by natural disasters.
When thinking of her career path, Tanya hopes to soon become a licensed Structural Engineer (S.E.). Earning her Masters Degree is also something she’d like to do in the near future.
Any words of advice you’d like to share with fellow students?
Tanya didn’t really notice a deficit of women in the (structural) engineering field until she started taking more focused/upper-level classes, and noticed that there weren’t many women alongside her. This, coupled with seeing the lack of women at other firms, brought a sense of inhibition of not knowing if she would always fit in. However, her fear turned into determination. Stemming from her experience, she asks all of us, “why not be the first?”