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Kimberly de Souza

Kimberly de Souza has faced many obstacles on her journey to becoming an engineer, but that hasn't stopped her from reaching her goal. Today, she works as a production planning and control specialist at Munters - a job that she finds very stimulating for several reasons.

Tell us about your journey to becoming an engineer

As a female engineer, my journey has been a testament to perseverance, passion, and breaking barriers. From an early age, I was drawn to science and math, fascinated by how things work and the potential to make a tangible impact on the world. Engineering offered the perfect platform to channel my curiosity and problem-solving skills. Throughout my career, I have faced unique challenges as a woman in a traditionally male-dominated field. However, these experiences have only fueled my determination to prove that gender does not define one's capabilities or potential for success. I am proud to stand as a role model for future generations of women in engineering, inspiring them to pursue their dreams and make their mark in the industry.

Along my journey, I have been inspired by trailblazing women engineers who have shattered glass ceilings and paved the way for others. Their achievements have shown me that with dedication and perseverance, any goal is within reach. I am grateful for their resilience and the doors they have opened, allowing me to forge my path.

As a female engineer, I am passionate about fostering diversity and inclusion within the field. I strongly believe that diverse perspectives drive innovation and lead to more comprehensive and sustainable solutions. By actively promoting gender equality and creating supportive environments, we can empower more women to pursue careers in engineering and contribute to shaping a better future.

Who or what inspired you to become an engineer?

Engineering offers a vast field of possibilities, allowing me to combine my creativity with technical knowledge to design, build, and improve processes, products, and systems. I believe that engineering is an area where I can contribute significantly to technological advancement and sustainable development. I am fortunate to have the inspiration of pioneering women engineers who have broken barriers and left a significant legacy in their fields of expertise. These women have shown me that it is possible to face challenges and achieve success in engineering, and I deeply admire them. In addition, I have sought mentors and colleagues who have supported me throughout my journey. I have found support in communities and groups of women in engineering, where we share experiences and knowledge, and encourage each other to grow and achieve our goals.

What do you do at Munters? 

As an engineer and Production Planning and Control (PPC) specialist at Munters, my main role is to ensure that production processes are efficient, optimized, and aligned with set goals and timelines. I work collaboratively with production, supply chain, and engineering teams to develop and implement planning strategies, monitor production progress, identify potential bottlenecks, and propose continuous improvements.

One aspect that I particularly enjoy about my role is the opportunity to serve as a bridge between different areas of the company. I have the chance to collaborate with professionals from diverse disciplines and contribute to the effective coordination of production operations.

My work also involves analyzing data and making strategic decisions to maximize efficiency and productivity.

What do you enjoy most in your role?

There are several advantages of working as an engineer at Munters.

One of them is the culture of innovation and commitment to technical excellence. Munters is constantly seeking advanced solutions for environmental control and improving air quality, which means that as an engineer, I have the opportunity to work with cutting-edge technologies and tackle complex challenges.

Another advantage of working at Munters is the collaborative and diverse work environment. The company values the exchange of ideas and experiences among employees, creating a stimulating and enriching atmosphere. There is also a sense of purpose and pride in being part of a company that is contributing to improving air quality and environmental impact. In summary, as a Production Planning and Control Engineer at Munters, I have the opportunity to contribute to operational efficiency and the company's success. The culture of innovation, professional development opportunities, and collaborative work environment are some of the advantages that make my experience as an engineer at Munters fulfilling and stimulating.

What’s the best part of being an engineer?

The best part of being an engineer is the opportunity to make a tangible impact on the world. Engineers are problem solvers and innovators who use their technical skills and knowledge to design, create, and improve solutions that address real-world challenges.

Whether it's developing new technologies, constructing infrastructure, improving processes, or creating sustainable solutions, engineers can shape the future and make a positive difference in people's lives.

Engineering also offers a dynamic and intellectually stimulating career. It allows individuals to continuously learn and grow, as the field is constantly evolving with new advancements and discoveries. Engineers are often at the forefront of innovation, pushing boundaries, and finding creative solutions to complex problems.

Moreover, engineering provides opportunities for collaboration and teamwork. Many engineering projects require interdisciplinary collaboration, bringing together professionals from various backgrounds to work towards a common goal. This collaborative environment fosters learning, fosters diverse perspectives, and encourages the exchange of ideas, leading to innovative solutions.  It's a profession that offers both personal fulfillment and the opportunity to contribute to the betterment of society.

What are your proudest moments and challenges of being an engineer?

As an engineer, I have had several proud moments throughout my career. Some of these moments include:

Successfully completing a complex project: Overcoming technical challenges, meeting deadlines, and delivering a project that exceeds expectations is always a proud accomplishment. It showcases the culmination of hard work, problem-solving skills, and effective teamwork.

Receiving recognition for innovative solutions: Being recognized for innovative ideas or solutions that improve efficiency, sustainability, or safety is a source of pride. It validates the efforts put into finding creative and effective engineering solutions.

Seeing the positive impact of my work: When I witness the positive impact of my engineering contributions on people's lives or the environment, it fills me with a deep sense of pride. Knowing that my work has made a difference, whether it's improving a process, enhancing a product, or creating a sustainable solution, is truly rewarding.

Despite these challenges, the proud moments and the ability to overcome them make being an engineer a fulfilling and rewarding profession. The sense of achievement, the opportunity to make a positive impact, and the constant growth and learning make the challenges worth overcoming.

What advice would you give to young women who might be considering studying engineering or working as engineers? 

To girls and women who are considering studying engineering or working as an engineer, here is some advice:

  1. Believe in yourself: Have confidence in your abilities and believe that you have what it takes to succeed in engineering. Don't let stereotypes or societal expectations deter you from pursuing your passion.
  2. Explore your interests: Take the time to explore different fields within engineering to find what truly interests you. Engineering is a diverse field with numerous specializations, so find an area that aligns with your passions and strengths.
  3. Seek out role models and mentors: Look for female engineers who have succeeded in the field and can serve as role models for you. Connect with them, seek their guidance, and learn from their experiences. Having a mentor can provide valuable insights, support, and encouragement.

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