Our mission is to transform our #enggirlproblems into #enggirlsolutions through community and discussion.
We are a career and lifestyle blog for women* in engineering and related STEM fields and our goal is to build a community where you can read about challenges that you may be facing in your personal or professional life, and where you can get feedback and support on your #enggirlproblems.
We aim to learn from our problems instead of being defeated by them, and to provide #enggirlsolutions for all who are looking for them.
*women as defined by you, we don’t discriminate!
The Story Behind enggirlproblems
Elaine Samuel started #enggirlproblems as private Facebook group for female engineering students at Western University during her undergraduate studies. The group quickly grew as members laughed and shared mostly Western-specific #enggirlproblems.
Last summer, Olivia Gillis realized she wanted to create a blog for women in engineering. After starting her first job in industry, she found herself turning to the internet when she had female-specific engineering questions. She knew that other new grads and young professionals had to have questions too, but she either wasn’t finding the answers she wanted or the resources didn’t exist at all.
Elaine and Olivia became friends at Western University over their shared love of Doctor Who and are currently roommates in Toronto, Canada. When the idea of combining the #enggirlproblems group with a blogging platform came up, it wasn’t long before they were drinking wine and brainstorming for the blog in their kitchen.
Every two weeks, Elaine and Olivia post content related to real every day #enggirlproblems. From negotiating with contractors and forever trying to find jeans that will fit a tape measure, to talking about representation in the industry and how to increase diversity in STEM.
Our Stories, Individually
Elaine Samuel has a Bachelors of Engineering Science in Environmental Engineering and specialization in International Development, and a Masters of Engineering Science in Environmental Engineering, both from Western University in London, Ontario, Canada. Elaine is an environmental engineer (in training) at a civil engineering consulting firm in the Greater Toronto Area. Her job is mostly figuring out if sewers are going to flood your basement and she works with different levels of government to prevent (sh)it from happening. If you don’t think poop is funny… what are you doing reading this blog?? Elaine’s wonder of other places and cultures has taken her to 26 countries (and counting), many while solo, meeting new friends along the way. She spends her weekends tap dancing and keeping up to date and supporting her network of amazing friends.
Olivia Gillis has a Bachelors of Engineering Science in Chemical Engineering from Western University in London, Ontario, Canada. She is is a project manager at a mechanical engineering consulting firm in the food industry in Toronto, Ontario. Her job is like a behind-the-scenes episode of How It’s Made and includes free samples on good days where she’s lucky. She rocks a mean hairnet and steel toes while she calculates volumes and temperatures for your favourite ice cream. Outside of engineering, she is an avid thrift shopper, has an affinity to corgis, and is passionate about advocating for women in STEM and diversity in the work place.