Alicia Boudreaux

Ruston, LA, US
Field of Work 
Other
 
Project Consulting
Company 
Consultant
Job Title or "Student" 
Small Business Owner
Education 
Louisiana Tech University & Baylor University
Degree 
BS Mechanical Engineering, MS Educational Administration
Education Level 
Masters
Profile Biography 
Growing up, I was both creative and organized. I loved to draw pictures; but when I was done, the crayons had to be in order! In high school I started thinking a lot more about my college major. I took career quizzes, talked to people, prayed about it, and ultimately chose engineering. Throughout college, I worked hard and even helped a lot of my friends with their math and engineering classes.

After college, it took a few years to really find my fit in an engineering career. The main questions I asked were: 1) How can I help people? 2) Where can I use the engineering side of my brain? 3) Can I make money to support some of the other priorities in my life?

I eventually became an engineer helping in the design of natural gas facilities across the South and Northeast. This work provides cleaner energy for people's heating, electricity, and car fuel. At the same time, I have led programs at my local university to inform more teachers and students about careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math).

My newest project involves re-designing the culture of 21st century work. This will allow STEM professionals to do meaningful work and still have time for traveling, volunteering, taking care of their families, etc. Stay tuned for more info!

My advice for a girl interested in a STEM career is to be grounded in something unchanging (for me it's God!), and don't be afraid to pave the way. You might be the first in your family to attend college. Or one of the few girls in your engineering class (which is changing). But be the BEST, do your BEST, surround yourself with the BEST. Watch over your heart and attitude. And then pave the way for other girls who will come after you!
Interests 
Writing/blogging, Reading, Travel, Other
Race & Ethnicity 
White
Level of Participation 
After-school visit, In-school visit, Online role model, Summer camp visit
My Experience 
I have been a Role Model many times.
Availability 
Evenings, Weekdays
Resources 
Career exploration activities, Fun demonstrations or materials, Hands-on activities for students
Program Affiliation 
None
Other Interests 
Cooking

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