MSE alumna leads by example

Alumna Diana Facchini is one of nine U of T women engineers featured during National Engineering Month in March


Photo: MSE alumna Diana Facchini (Credit: NSERC Chair for Women in Science & Engineering)

April 23, 2014

Whether we aspire to be a leading academic or a corporate tycoon, very few of us could travel our career path without a bit of navigational guidance from those who have gone before us – leaders who inspire or motivate us, merely be example.

Last month, the National Science & Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Chair for Women in Science and Engineering asked female engineers in Ontario to identify outstanding role models who have influenced their careers. Materials Science & Engineering (MSE) alumna Diana Facchini (MSE 0T2, MASc 0T5) was one of nine U of T Engineers featured, representing nearly one-third of the 30 women selected for the online feature.

“Materials engineering is a field that transcends all other disciplines and sectors,” said Facchini when asked about her advice for young women considering a career in her field. “It is highly collaborative and interdisciplinary – you always work with other types of engineers and scientists to address technical challenges, as well as all the other professionals that engineers tend to engage with in business and law.”

Read Diana Facchini’s full feature and the 29 other profiles here.

With files from NSERC Chair for Women in Science & Engineering and U of T Engineering Strategic Communications