Monica Mohtasham

West Hartford, CT, US
Field of Work 
Flight Test Instrumentation Staff Engineer
Pratt & Whitney
Job Title or "Student" 
Flight Test Instrumentation Engineer
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Systems Engineering
Education Level 
Profile Biography 
I don't believe I became an engineer because I had role models. In fact, most of the women I knew were housewives, mothers and teachers. And, if there was a professional women around, she usually was a secretary. So I belive my first aspiration was to become a secretary. It wasn't until I saw a TV show called Star Trek one night that I saw a woman doing something technical and she was an officer. What amazed me even more was that she was also African American. I, myself, am a Hispanic female, but I felt I could associate to her in more ways because we were both minorities.

That moment changed my outlook not only of what I thought of myself but also what I was capable of doing. And, from that moment forward, you could say, the sky was the limit.

I started my technical career during and after high school. I went to a vocational-technical high school in Manchester, CT and chose the field of electronics to study for four years. After high school, I joined the United States Navy and became a radar technician working on P-3 aircraft loacted in Oahu, Hawaii. After serving fours in the Navy, it took me more than a few years before going back to college and received a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Connecticut in 2004. I've worked at companies such as Connecticut Light & Power working on the electrical distribution grid and UTC Power designing the electrical systems for Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) and Phosphoric Acid fuel cell (PAFC) test stands. In 2012, I received a master's degree in Systems Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. I am able to utilize the skills I obtained witht his degree to lead projects and to deal with customer requirements and project development from beginning to end.
I worked at Pratt & Whitney in East Hartford, Connecticut for three years in the Military Engines division. I worked in Engine Test Systems and Services department as a project engineer supporting test cell installations and modifications at customer sites all over the world. I currently work in the Flight Test Instrumentation group as the lead instrumentation engineer for commercial engines in Russia. My work entails every aspect of instrumenting commercial airline engines from designing the instrumentation infrastructure to troubleshooting discrepancies on-site.

I am also a mother to four children. I love to read books, knit, crotchet, travel and in my spare time help mentor a FIRST robotics team that my oldest daughter has been participating with in the last three years. It is great to see that she is now the role model for her two younger sisters and hopefully I am a role model to them all. I work on various committees at work to bring STEM outreach to the surrounding communities in which we work and I also do social outreach for equity in education and diversity awareness. I take time out of my life to work on these programs because I feel it is important to let the next generation of females know just how much they are capable of doing and to not be hindered by stereotypes. My goal in life is to relay the message that STEM fields have no gender, economic or racial boundaries, just science, and that is how it should be.
Reading, Travel, Other
Race & Ethnicity 
Hispanic or Latino
Level of Participation 
After-school visit, Online role model
My Experience 
I am a new Role Model.
Career exploration activities, Identifying other role models
Program Affiliation 

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