The best part of her work? Being creative all day long and watching her ideas turn into reality is magic, she says.

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What do you do? I am a mechanical engineer for Synapse Product Development, a [Seattle-based] product development and consultancy firm. I design the housings, mechanical systems and physical pieces of products, ranging from activity trackers to diagnostic machines.

How did you get started in that field? In high school I stumbled upon an engineering firm in my hometown and started volunteering there. I got hooked on the excitement of making new things! I went to college and got two bachelor’s degrees, one in mechanical engineering and one in art, at the same time. I knew I wanted to work in product development because I love the variety of the products. I narrowed in on Synapse and came to visit the CEO every week for six months until he gave me a job.

What’s a typical day like? I will typically spend several hours designing physical parts in 3D on my laptop. I spend some time with the electrical and software teams, as well as the client, to work out the details and shape the future of the product. I might also do some prototyping in our shop or do product testing to make sure my designs are working as intended.

What’s the best part of the job? There are so many good parts! Being creative all day long and watching your ideas turn into reality is magic. Working with such a fun team is great. Seeing a finished design for sale in public is pretty cool, too.

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What surprises people about your work? You don’t have to be good at math to do my job. Or boring! You have to be creative! That always surprises people.