Podcast: Millennial Engineer April Ruggles

SWE Past President Jessica Rannow talks to April Ruggles, a Millennial and mechanical engineer, about her experience in the engineering workforce.

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Podcast: Millennial Engineer April Ruggles
April Ruggles

Joining me now is April Ruggles, a mechanical engineer and Engineer in Training at RMF Engineering in Charlottesville, Virginia. April earned her Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota — Twin Cities in 2012. She holds four patents from her time as a mechanical design engineer in the computer hardware industry, and she joined RMF in 2016.

Thanks for joining us April.

(Questions/Talking Points)

April, you are a Millennial. You graduated 5 years ago, but you’ve already held positions with IBM, Lenovo, and now RMF. Tell us about your experience entering the engineering workforce.

Tell us a little bit about your background. How did you get interested in engineering?

Your degree is in mechanical engineering. That’s one of the engineering disciplines with the fewest women. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics only six percent of mechanical engineers are women. What effect has that had on you and your career?

What advice do you have for young women entering the engineering industry today?

Would you encourage other young women and girls to pursue a career in engineering?

What can men do to be better diversity partners for women engineers?

What can women engineers do to make their companies more diverse?

To learn more about RMF Engineering, go to RMF dot com.


April, thank you so much for joining us.