Celebrating International Women in Engineering Day 2024: Agostina Brigante

International Women in Engineering Day (INWED) is celebrated on the 23 June each year. Driven by the Women’s Engineering Society (WES), it is an opportunity to raise the profile of women engineers, celebrate their achievements, and highlight some of the engineering career opportunities available to women around the world.

To mark INWED24 we caught up with two female engineers who’ve been making their mark since joining kp. Read their thoughts on what it means to be a woman in engineering below and join us in recognising the incredible contribution women engineers are making to our industry.

Agostina Brigante
Shift Supervisor, Argentina

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Agostina Brigante
What inspired you to pursue a career in engineering?
I was inspired to pursue a career in engineering because of the constant challenge it presents and the pursuit of the best possible solutions. I started as an intern – firstly in manufacturing and then in a research and development department. And after that I secured a role at kp as a Quality Analyst, moving on to become a Production Analyst, and I’m currently a Shift Supervisor.
My parents, mainly my dad, who is an engineer, inspired me. He always spoke passionately about his profession, and thanks to his career, he understands the obstacles that women may face in engineering. He encouraged me to overcome those, and my high school teachers also taught me that I can achieve anything I set my mind to.

What does a typical day look like for you as an engineer at kp?
Although the processes remain the same, each day presents new challenges. Different problems arise daily, requiring quick resolution to avoid process interruptions. In my current position, I'm in constant contact with operational staff. Understanding and managing people every day is what makes the role really interesting.

As a woman in engineering, have you faced any specific challenges in your career?
Throughout my career, I've faced situations where my abilities were questioned. I firmly believe that a woman should trust herself and never doubt it. To feel more confident, the key is to be prepared for challenges. When you trust yourself and your abilities, you can achieve almost any goal.

How does kp nurture diversity and inclusion?
kp provides opportunities to everyone, which is a significant step towards change. This opens up a vast array of possibilities, allowing for the creation of new scenarios that were previously unimaginable. Mentorship programs are also really helpful.

What changes should be made to attract and retain more women engineers?
Creating equality is not the same as enforcing it. Equality between men and women should evolve naturally, allowing it to be integrated and sustained over time. Many deep-seated beliefs within the engineering field are difficult to overcome. Simply imposing gender equality in these contexts may result in superficial and insubstantial changes.

What innovations or developments in engineering are you most excited about?
The advancement of AI within the field of engineering is fascinating. While spectacular achievements have already been made, the potential for further advancements is boundless. It's captivating to observe how AI will continue to push the boundaries of what's possible in engineering.

How do you think engineering roles are evolving?
Roles are changing significantly, primarily due to technological advancements, interdisciplinary integration, and diversity. Engineering problems are becoming increasingly complex and require collaboration across various disciplines such as biology, computing, business, and legal fields. Today, it is necessary to have a broad understanding of different disciplines. Automation, AI, and machine learning are rapidly transforming the field of engineering and incorporating them is essential to promote efficiency and innovation. The ability to adapt to new technologies and work methods, along with communication and leadership skills, is vital.

What advice would you give to young women aspiring to be engineers?
It's not as scary as it looks from the outside. If you have an interest, pursue it. Seek out good mentors, focus on your goals and go for it!

Enhance your engineering career at kp

All our colleagues play a role in inspiring the next generation, and we’re excited to see upcoming talent join companies like ours. We will continue to do all we can to support those underrepresented in engineering to see that they can succeed in this sector.

If you’re looking for somewhere to broaden your experience, where innovation and sustainability are at the heart of everything, in an environment where you can be the real you, apply today.

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