How I succeeded as a woman in engineering: Cassandra Cole at TEDxUW

She’s definitely not your typical woman in engineering, instead she’s a model, a dancer, a designer, a mechanical engineering student and team lead of the Waterloo formula motorsports team all at once and has been going great at it. Against all odds, even medical ones, she took upon herself to create a bucket list for herself to approach life like a motorcycle, going all out and do whatever life throws at her feet. 

Though she’s not a technical engineer and doesn’t do a lot of coding, she has a positively tough attitude towards taking challenges, reaching goals (be them as crazy as they are and definitely not stereotypical) and being courageous enough to enter in the world of racing all while she was being surrounded by narrow-minded people and judgmental looks.

Watch this inspiring video about Cassandra Cole who talks about how she succeeded as a woman in engineering – mechanical engineering to be exact – while breaking the typical stereotypes that follow women who lead a career in engineering.

In her own words: “I think everyone needs to be a bit crazy to get where they want to go,” she says. “You have to choose the crazy, and accept the things that come with it, if you’re ever going to reach your goals.”

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. ~Steve Jobs

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