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To honour women in the field of engineering, we celebrate International 'Women in Engineering National Day', 23 June. It focuses on raising the profile of women who are changing the field of engineering one degree at a time. Chhavi Kusum, is someone within our organisation that spotlights and helps us celebrate this international day. Chhavi and her knowledge, expertise, dedication and insights has help contribute to our engineering department and customers daily.
Chhavi Kusum is a Mechanical Engineer, based in India, at Woods Air Movement. Chhavi started over two years ago within our Technical Applications Engineering Team. Let's get to know more about Chhavi and her journey within Engineering.
"I have been working with Woods for a little above 2 years now."
"I am a mechanical engineer, specialising in Finite Element Analysis (FEA)."
"Presently, I am leading a project focused on determining the environment impact of our products by developing Environmental Product Declarations and Embodied Carbon calculations.
Additionally, I am also working on Research and Developement (R&D) related to all aspects of fan technology which involves aerodynamic, mechanical, and acoustic design of fans and ancillary equipment. I use hand calculation, in-house tools, and Finite Element Analysis (FEA) tools to accomplish this.
Moreover, I provide my technical expertise to both internal teams at Woods and external customers, while also maintaining continuous collaboration with various departments within the company to ensure effective communication regarding new product development and ongoing engineering initiatives."
"The most significant challenge I encountered in my career is the assumption that I am working in a role solely due to my gender rather than my qualifications and abilities. The assumption that I had an easier path undermines my skills, achievements and contributes to a lack of recognition and respect.
Overcoming this challenge requires actively challenging and debunking such stereotypes while advocating for a more inclusive and equitable environment that appreciates individuals based on their skills and achievements rather than their gender."
"As an individual from India, it is common for many to pursue engineering as their bachelor's degree, and I followed suit. However, my true fascination with engineering emerged during my employment at a company specialising in jet engine manufacturing. Witnessing the successful testing of a jet engine I had contributed to, was a profoundly captivating experience. Knowing that this jet engine was eventually utilised in very popular commercial aircrafts filled me with immense pride and further solidified my passion for engineering.
I then went on to do a masters in mechanical engineering from Germany and eventually joined Woods in my current role."
"In order to inspire aspiring engineers, I would utilise the same strategies I employ with my 7-year-old daughter. This would involve actively involving them in hands-on scientific experiments, introducing them to captivating yet accessible books, and sharing educational content through YouTube videos. Additionally, I would ensure they have exposure to successful role models already working in the engineering field. Through these approaches, we can foster their natural curiosity and provide them with diverse learning experiences, ultimately cultivating a genuine passion for science and engineering."
"I find great enjoyment in a variety of hobbies. One of my passions lies in trading the stock market, where I analyse market trends and seek out investment opportunities. Additionally, I take solace in the world of books, immersing myself in different genres and expanding my knowledge. I find solace and rejuvenation by exploring nature, whether it's embarking on hikes, immersing myself in tranquil surroundings, or marvelling at the beauty of the natural world. To unleash my creativity, I delve into the art of drawing mandalas and creating vibrant Madhubani paintings, allowing me to express myself artistically. Here are some of my latest creations..."
"Women in engineering has been gaining traction in recent years, breaking through the gender barriers that had traditionally limited their involvement in the field. Chhavi demonstrates a passion for technological innovation and a desire to use their skills to develop solutions to real-world problems. Chhavi continues to be proof of a world where all individuals have the opportunity to contribute to the advancement of technology."