Lucy Stevenson is a sustainability consultant with Tetra Tech’s High Performance Buildings Group. She holds a Bachelors in Engineering with Honors from the Australian National University. Her career has been spent with Tetra Tech since 2013. We spoke with Lucy as part of our #INWED19 campaign to not only celebrate our brilliant women engineers but also to raise their profiles and encourage those who aspire to become engineers and work in STEM. Follow #WomenInSTEM on social media for more stories.

What do you like about working at Tetra Tech?

Being a part of Tetra Tech, I enjoy having access to experts in a huge range of fields—both directly and indirectly related to my work—and working on exciting projects across diverse market sectors.

How can we encourage female students to pursue a career in engineering?

Outreach programs within schools that discuss what engineering is and who can perform in engineering fields—particularly at younger ages—can help girls realize that careers in engineering are genuine options for them. Outreach programs can encourage these girls to study STEM subjects throughout their education.

How can engineering firms be more inclusive and inviting to female engineers?

Engineering firms can be more inviting to female engineers by being honest and transparent about the difficulties in achieving diversity and the real steps and progress being taken by the company to reach their goals. Retaining high-performing female engineers allows younger engineers to see a version of themselves succeeding in the company and requires staff at all levels of the company to receive training and guidance to genuinely value diversity and examine their unconscious biases. Simple things like providing transparent pathways for career progression and eliminating the gender pay gap are also critical.

What are the most challenging and rewarding aspects of being an engineer?

Being an engineer is challenging, because you need to factor in the drivers of multiple stakeholders in any project and make continual adjustments to ensure a successful outcome, but this is also what makes being an engineer so rewarding and satisfying.

Do you have any advice to pass along to male mentors?

Recognize the systemic biases that operate against women in engineering, be careful not to dismiss the experiences of your mentee when they discuss the issues they are facing, and assist with and emphasize the importance of hard skills as well as soft skills.