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Hearing from real Women in STEM, about whats its really like, to exist in typically male-dominated environments. Hosted by Dr. Shini Somara.

Latest Episodes

scilence S2: 71 Mathematics & What's my Purpose

This week on Scilence, I chat with an aerospace engineer, who shares her healthy attitude towards her abilities. From the beginning, my guest had always had a strong sense of determination and focus, having been born a twin. A near fatal car accident a few years ago brought her into crystal-clear clarity. As with all twins, there is often a sense of comparison between them. Her and her brother are both bright and gifted in STEM, but my guest being female, always felt a greater pressure to prove herself in mathematics. She was raised with the stigma that girls are not naturally good in this subject. Societal pressures taught her the importance of ambition, drive and hard work and her accident highlighted the importance of knowing one's purpose. This episode is enlightening and uplifting as we hear from someone so young, who has really figured out her path in life and won't let anything get in the way of what she wants.,

59 MIN5 d ago
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scilence S2: 71 Mathematics & What's my Purpose

scilence S2: 71 Aerospace Engineering & IMPRESSING ONESELF

This week on Scilence, my guest, an aerospace engineer describes what she is going through, as a result of having recently had her first child. Before childbirth, she was managing 25 people on a multi-million pound project. As a result of getting pregnant, she feels like she’s desperately trying to hang onto her career and the reputuon and experience she so diligently built up over the years. She has a very unconventional life, with a highly supportive husband that has taken far more paternity leave than she has taken maternity leave - the results will be attitude changing for all those around her, as she refines her role as a 21st century career woman. She’s defying stereotypes and doing things differently, and what is powering her through is her self-belief. She cares more about being her best, than what other people think of her - she's empowerment on an epic scale. Find out how, this week, on Scilence.

52 MIN1 w ago
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scilence S2: 71 Aerospace Engineering & IMPRESSING ONESELF

scilence S2: 70 Aerospace Engineering & I'VE GOT THIS

This week, my woman in STEM chose engineering to avoid doing textiles! As a result, the3D Printing, she was exposed to in engineering class sparked her love for technology. She was naturally good at maths and physics but she believes that it not a pre-requitse for engineering - although it helps.We are all surrounded by engineering and she loves it - there is not one thing we interact with in our average days which has not been influenced by engineering in some way. We discuss stigmas that still linger from from the past, on the subject of gender and a woman role in society. Yet in her experience, there are so many aspects of engineering that are much better suited for women. My guest has a very healthy and inspiring attitude towards failure. Her mother who's a lawyer was a massive inspiration because she quit her job to start her own business from scratch whilst being a single mum. She definitely faces discrimination and judgement a a women in engineering, but she believes you have to show people what you can do. She owns her mistakes, taking fullresponsibility for them and powers through negativity by working hard. The way she steers clears of the negativity of others is to avoid them and be mindful of her own positive aspirations - always keeping an eye on the bigger picture. She doesn't waste energy on trying to control what she can not control; but instead keeps a detailed plan of her future. Her plan always keep her on track, even if things don't go the way she had envisioned. This also applies to motherhood, which, she's no ruling out, but for my guest, her career and her own life comes first and everything else, she believes should fall into place.

55 MIN2 w ago
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scilence S2: 70 Aerospace Engineering & I'VE GOT THIS

scilence S2: 69 Construction Engineering & Resoluteness

This week on Scilence, my guest comes from aman’s world, as a construction engineer, yet she is responsible for many jobs. As a result, it took her much longer to earn resect from her team. She ignored any nasty comments, which helped her to gain resilience. Her first job involved engineering railways, despite never having seen a train before. Originally, she came from a very patriarchal culture, yet the men in her life were extremely supportive and encouraging - which positively influenced her adult life. Its so important to have someone in your corner. My guest describes the difficulty in balancing motherhood, especially if you’ve been really successful in your career. She talks of the self-care she has had tosacrificefor the sake of getting everything done and meeting the expectations of family and others. My guest believes that men can be agents of change, bybeing there for their families. Men are shunned for putting their families before their work. Women are judged for going to work instead of staying with the family. She feels lucky to have the support of her partner. Usually, women feel that is it their responsibility to keep a home together. She’s worked extremely hard to get to where she is career-wise, she now doesn't wan to throw it all away for motherhood - its a juggle and a struggle, and often something has to give. She hasn’t give up on changing the corporate mentality at work. She loves challenging the naysayers. She makes the change happen, but it hasn't been smooth ride. She’ll never ever give up on what she wants. She really fights for what she believes in. Her advice: Consider the perspectives of the majority. Listen to others and have compassion for others; and learn a lot from yourmistakes. And lastly, but by no means least: Be who you are, don’t try to be anybody else..

63 MIN3 w ago
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scilence S2: 69 Construction Engineering & Resoluteness

scilence S2: 68 Biomedical Engineering & Inexperience

This week on Scilence, my guest, a student in Biomedical Engineering, discusses developing confidence when you’re a new graduate. She stresses the importance of making mistakes and describes her efforts in becoming comfortable with failure. She is not so comfortable with the fact she feels that she represents all women in her field, therefore representing 20% of her class. It posesadditional pressure and stress, that she doesn't enjoy. Ultimately, her answer to associate with people who are supportive. My guest defines engineering, admitting that she struggles to know exactly what engineers do, considering that it is such a broadly defined field. Lets face it, anyone can call themselves an engineer, these days. But to her, engineering is about problem solving and getting creative. This week we talk about wanting to be perfect, and the constant battle that it presents in terms of constantly having to prove oneself to others and to oneself. The best thing about my guest, is that she is determined to break the vague stereotype of what engineers are, just by proudly being herself and focusing on her passion of helping people with their health.

53 MINOCT 16
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scilence S2: 68 Biomedical Engineering & Inexperience

scilence S2: 67 Mechanical Engineering & Being Yourself

This week on scilence, a group of five mechanical engineering students, talk about their experiences in a typically unfeminine industry. We bust the myths and stereotypes about this career and confirm that the key to success in this field is genuine passion, interest and self-confidence. My guests are early on in their Bachelors degrees and none of them willingly chose to study MechEng, but through realising that they love problem solving, creativity and found mathematics fun, they admitted that engineering was the best course to study. Surprisingly, they seem to be in a generation, where the gender gap is closing, but there are still issues in the minds of these young women, about how to assert themselves, speak up and be heard and believe in what they can bring to the table. In an attempt to achieve this - mansplaining has never been so entertaining!

71 MINOCT 8
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scilence S2: 67 Mechanical Engineering & Being Yourself

scilence S2: 66 Construction Engineering & DEFYING CONVENTION

This week on Scilence, my guest has been determined to be her own self. To her, following convention would mean death. She has always followed her heart and in doing so has been true to herself. She's fought too hard and worked too hard to pander to the opinions of others, yet she has also been able to function in a corporate structure to deliver successful results. This female engineer knows how to achieve and accomplish, but does so by aligning her own passions with what is expected of her from others. This episode is packed full of wisdom and inspiration, and always a badass attitude for surviving and thriving in a male dominate world.

58 MINOCT 1
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scilence S2: 66 Construction Engineering & DEFYING CONVENTION

scilence S2: 65 Cybersecurity & INNER SECURITY

Its clear from my guest this week on Scilence, that she's hugely successful in cyber security because she has an abundance of inner security. She has always been oblivious to being in a minority, as a female in a male dominated world. As a result, discrimination went straight over her head and she was able to stay strong through challenges and struggle. This women has an attitude of steel, her own business and three children. She's unstoppable. Find out how her attitude made all the difference to 'having it all'.

60 MINSEP 24
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scilence S2: 65 Cybersecurity & INNER SECURITY

Scilence S2: 64 Chemical Engineering & DEFINING YOURSELF

This week on Scilence my guest has always been concerned about sustainability and regeneration, which oddly led her into a career in chemical engineering. For someone so young, she is making a big impact in the beauty industry and most recently, she has finally found the stability and strength to explore her heritage. Being mixed race, she has never felt a strong identification with either her mother's nor father's cultural heritage. Now she is starting to embrace her uniqueness, by learning about her origins. We discuss her sources of inspiration, hope and support, and they are not STEM-related. She shares that the key to your dream job is to work in a field that you love. She's had her fair share of discrimination, but has it stopped her from pursuing her dreams? Hell, no. Its only made her fight harder.

56 MINSEP 18
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Scilence S2: 64 Chemical Engineering & DEFINING YOURSELF

Scilence S2: 63 Controls Engineering & UNCERTAINTY

English is not my guests first language, yet she still manages to communicate the importance of using education to escape her difficult childhood. Driven by the need to make her oppressed mother proud, she left home at 10 years old to find greener pastures. Her relationship with her father was too difficult to discuss, yet this is a woman in STEM who appears to have it all, a prosperous career, a daughter and a supportive husband. Find out how her attitude allowed her to find a achieve all this - basically it boils down to have determination and focus to leave the past behind.

57 MINSEP 10
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Scilence S2: 63 Controls Engineering & UNCERTAINTY

Latest Episodes

scilence S2: 71 Mathematics & What's my Purpose

This week on Scilence, I chat with an aerospace engineer, who shares her healthy attitude towards her abilities. From the beginning, my guest had always had a strong sense of determination and focus, having been born a twin. A near fatal car accident a few years ago brought her into crystal-clear clarity. As with all twins, there is often a sense of comparison between them. Her and her brother are both bright and gifted in STEM, but my guest being female, always felt a greater pressure to prove herself in mathematics. She was raised with the stigma that girls are not naturally good in this subject. Societal pressures taught her the importance of ambition, drive and hard work and her accident highlighted the importance of knowing one's purpose. This episode is enlightening and uplifting as we hear from someone so young, who has really figured out her path in life and won't let anything get in the way of what she wants.,

59 MIN5 d ago
Comments
scilence S2: 71 Mathematics & What's my Purpose

scilence S2: 71 Aerospace Engineering & IMPRESSING ONESELF

This week on Scilence, my guest, an aerospace engineer describes what she is going through, as a result of having recently had her first child. Before childbirth, she was managing 25 people on a multi-million pound project. As a result of getting pregnant, she feels like she’s desperately trying to hang onto her career and the reputuon and experience she so diligently built up over the years. She has a very unconventional life, with a highly supportive husband that has taken far more paternity leave than she has taken maternity leave - the results will be attitude changing for all those around her, as she refines her role as a 21st century career woman. She’s defying stereotypes and doing things differently, and what is powering her through is her self-belief. She cares more about being her best, than what other people think of her - she's empowerment on an epic scale. Find out how, this week, on Scilence.

52 MIN1 w ago
Comments
scilence S2: 71 Aerospace Engineering & IMPRESSING ONESELF

scilence S2: 70 Aerospace Engineering & I'VE GOT THIS

This week, my woman in STEM chose engineering to avoid doing textiles! As a result, the3D Printing, she was exposed to in engineering class sparked her love for technology. She was naturally good at maths and physics but she believes that it not a pre-requitse for engineering - although it helps.We are all surrounded by engineering and she loves it - there is not one thing we interact with in our average days which has not been influenced by engineering in some way. We discuss stigmas that still linger from from the past, on the subject of gender and a woman role in society. Yet in her experience, there are so many aspects of engineering that are much better suited for women. My guest has a very healthy and inspiring attitude towards failure. Her mother who's a lawyer was a massive inspiration because she quit her job to start her own business from scratch whilst being a single mum. She definitely faces discrimination and judgement a a women in engineering, but she believes you have to show people what you can do. She owns her mistakes, taking fullresponsibility for them and powers through negativity by working hard. The way she steers clears of the negativity of others is to avoid them and be mindful of her own positive aspirations - always keeping an eye on the bigger picture. She doesn't waste energy on trying to control what she can not control; but instead keeps a detailed plan of her future. Her plan always keep her on track, even if things don't go the way she had envisioned. This also applies to motherhood, which, she's no ruling out, but for my guest, her career and her own life comes first and everything else, she believes should fall into place.

55 MIN2 w ago
Comments
scilence S2: 70 Aerospace Engineering & I'VE GOT THIS

scilence S2: 69 Construction Engineering & Resoluteness

This week on Scilence, my guest comes from aman’s world, as a construction engineer, yet she is responsible for many jobs. As a result, it took her much longer to earn resect from her team. She ignored any nasty comments, which helped her to gain resilience. Her first job involved engineering railways, despite never having seen a train before. Originally, she came from a very patriarchal culture, yet the men in her life were extremely supportive and encouraging - which positively influenced her adult life. Its so important to have someone in your corner. My guest describes the difficulty in balancing motherhood, especially if you’ve been really successful in your career. She talks of the self-care she has had tosacrificefor the sake of getting everything done and meeting the expectations of family and others. My guest believes that men can be agents of change, bybeing there for their families. Men are shunned for putting their families before their work. Women are judged for going to work instead of staying with the family. She feels lucky to have the support of her partner. Usually, women feel that is it their responsibility to keep a home together. She’s worked extremely hard to get to where she is career-wise, she now doesn't wan to throw it all away for motherhood - its a juggle and a struggle, and often something has to give. She hasn’t give up on changing the corporate mentality at work. She loves challenging the naysayers. She makes the change happen, but it hasn't been smooth ride. She’ll never ever give up on what she wants. She really fights for what she believes in. Her advice: Consider the perspectives of the majority. Listen to others and have compassion for others; and learn a lot from yourmistakes. And lastly, but by no means least: Be who you are, don’t try to be anybody else..

63 MIN3 w ago
Comments
scilence S2: 69 Construction Engineering & Resoluteness

scilence S2: 68 Biomedical Engineering & Inexperience

This week on Scilence, my guest, a student in Biomedical Engineering, discusses developing confidence when you’re a new graduate. She stresses the importance of making mistakes and describes her efforts in becoming comfortable with failure. She is not so comfortable with the fact she feels that she represents all women in her field, therefore representing 20% of her class. It posesadditional pressure and stress, that she doesn't enjoy. Ultimately, her answer to associate with people who are supportive. My guest defines engineering, admitting that she struggles to know exactly what engineers do, considering that it is such a broadly defined field. Lets face it, anyone can call themselves an engineer, these days. But to her, engineering is about problem solving and getting creative. This week we talk about wanting to be perfect, and the constant battle that it presents in terms of constantly having to prove oneself to others and to oneself. The best thing about my guest, is that she is determined to break the vague stereotype of what engineers are, just by proudly being herself and focusing on her passion of helping people with their health.

53 MINOCT 16
Comments
scilence S2: 68 Biomedical Engineering & Inexperience

scilence S2: 67 Mechanical Engineering & Being Yourself

This week on scilence, a group of five mechanical engineering students, talk about their experiences in a typically unfeminine industry. We bust the myths and stereotypes about this career and confirm that the key to success in this field is genuine passion, interest and self-confidence. My guests are early on in their Bachelors degrees and none of them willingly chose to study MechEng, but through realising that they love problem solving, creativity and found mathematics fun, they admitted that engineering was the best course to study. Surprisingly, they seem to be in a generation, where the gender gap is closing, but there are still issues in the minds of these young women, about how to assert themselves, speak up and be heard and believe in what they can bring to the table. In an attempt to achieve this - mansplaining has never been so entertaining!

71 MINOCT 8
Comments
scilence S2: 67 Mechanical Engineering & Being Yourself

scilence S2: 66 Construction Engineering & DEFYING CONVENTION

This week on Scilence, my guest has been determined to be her own self. To her, following convention would mean death. She has always followed her heart and in doing so has been true to herself. She's fought too hard and worked too hard to pander to the opinions of others, yet she has also been able to function in a corporate structure to deliver successful results. This female engineer knows how to achieve and accomplish, but does so by aligning her own passions with what is expected of her from others. This episode is packed full of wisdom and inspiration, and always a badass attitude for surviving and thriving in a male dominate world.

58 MINOCT 1
Comments
scilence S2: 66 Construction Engineering & DEFYING CONVENTION

scilence S2: 65 Cybersecurity & INNER SECURITY

Its clear from my guest this week on Scilence, that she's hugely successful in cyber security because she has an abundance of inner security. She has always been oblivious to being in a minority, as a female in a male dominated world. As a result, discrimination went straight over her head and she was able to stay strong through challenges and struggle. This women has an attitude of steel, her own business and three children. She's unstoppable. Find out how her attitude made all the difference to 'having it all'.

60 MINSEP 24
Comments
scilence S2: 65 Cybersecurity & INNER SECURITY

Scilence S2: 64 Chemical Engineering & DEFINING YOURSELF

This week on Scilence my guest has always been concerned about sustainability and regeneration, which oddly led her into a career in chemical engineering. For someone so young, she is making a big impact in the beauty industry and most recently, she has finally found the stability and strength to explore her heritage. Being mixed race, she has never felt a strong identification with either her mother's nor father's cultural heritage. Now she is starting to embrace her uniqueness, by learning about her origins. We discuss her sources of inspiration, hope and support, and they are not STEM-related. She shares that the key to your dream job is to work in a field that you love. She's had her fair share of discrimination, but has it stopped her from pursuing her dreams? Hell, no. Its only made her fight harder.

56 MINSEP 18
Comments
Scilence S2: 64 Chemical Engineering & DEFINING YOURSELF

Scilence S2: 63 Controls Engineering & UNCERTAINTY

English is not my guests first language, yet she still manages to communicate the importance of using education to escape her difficult childhood. Driven by the need to make her oppressed mother proud, she left home at 10 years old to find greener pastures. Her relationship with her father was too difficult to discuss, yet this is a woman in STEM who appears to have it all, a prosperous career, a daughter and a supportive husband. Find out how her attitude allowed her to find a achieve all this - basically it boils down to have determination and focus to leave the past behind.

57 MINSEP 10
Comments
Scilence S2: 63 Controls Engineering & UNCERTAINTY
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