International Day of Women & Girls In Science

In celebration of International Day of Women & Girls in Science, PSARA Technologies is proud to share insights from our team members about their journeys into the environmental science field. From early inspirations to career aspirations, our colleagues shed light on what drives their passion for environmental stewardship and the impact they hope to make through their work.

1. What, or who, inspired you to pursue science, and what led you to a career in the environmental field?

Lindsey: In middle and high school I was mentored by a highly supportive female teacher, a “retired” engineer, who taught drafting, CAD, and project-based engineering classes. These classes were always my favorite and she encouraged me to pursue an engineering career. Considering my love for the outdoors and commitment to environmental stewardship, opting for an engineering discipline related to the environment seemed like the obvious choice.

Alaina: I grew up hiking and camping in parks across the country. Spending time in nature heals me. I want to preserve that so future generations can find the same peace. I also find the inner workings of the world fascinating.

Emily: Science was my favorite subject when I was young, and as I grew older, science combined with an interest in caring for the environment resulted in my decision to major in environmental science.  It was a very young field at that time and I’m happy to see that it has continued to grow.

Sara: I’ve always loved life sciences – Biology, Zoology, Psychology, etc. I spent a huge amount of my time outdoors growing up. Working at PSARA gives me a way to be involved in helping to protect our planet, and I love that. 

2. What do you hope to accomplish throughout your career?

Alaina: To make a positive impact.

Kylee: To continue to learn and grow while making a positive impact in others’ lives, ultimately helping and mentoring others to pursue their passions in life.

3. What would you say if you could go back in time and talk to yourself at the start of your career?

Lindsey: I would tell myself that choosing to work for and with great people in a healthy, positive work environment is more important than the job title or nature of day-to-day work activities. Most work can be enjoyable and rewarding if you appreciate the people you are working with every day.

Kylee: Be patient with yourself, stay present, and learn as much as you can.  Use each day as an opportunity to get 1% better, while setting timely and actionable goals in a field that provides me with purpose and joy. 

Sara: Don’t feel like you have to have it all figured out when you start. Have a general plan and trust that things will get clearer as you go. Trust and enjoy the journey!