Nicole Ward

King of Prussia, PA, US
Field of Work 
Chemical Engineering, Program/Project Management
Lockheed Martin
Job Title or "Student" 
Chief Technology Office Project Engineer
Drexel University
Business Administration; BS in Chemical Engineering
Education Level 
Profile Biography 
"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference." -R.W.Emerson

I remember stepping off a plane when I was 7 years old in an unfamiliar land, with unfamiliar faces. I had just arrived in the land of opportunity, the United States of America, leaving behind my native country. I couldn't help but feel a sense of hope and new beginnings. I was blessed with a supportive family who always encouraged me to dream big and never give up. Fast forward 10 years and I remember attending my high school graduation - once again hopeful but slightly apprehensive about the college years to come. I had worked hard and found myself most interested in math and science - mainly being able to experiment & problem solve.

It wasn't until one college tour that I met an engineering major student. At that point, I had no clue what an engineer was except for maybe that they were the people who built roads, bridges, tunnels, etc. To my surprise, I was told that I could take my love of math & science and pursue a major in engineering which - to my benefit - went far beyond the aforementioned definition.

Fast forward another 5 years and I had successfully graduated with a BS in Chemical Engineering at Drexel University. There were definitely some challenging times, and even more 'nay-sayers'. But, I heeded my mother's advice to dream big and that all things were possible to those that believe. I went on to pursue and obtain my MBA with a concentration in Engineering Management and most recently attained my Project Management Professional (PMP) certification. Throughout, I was able to work in various positions with increasing responsibilities across multiple industries (pharmaceutical, energy, information technology).

Today I serve as a Project Engineer within a Chief Technology organization at one of the top Defense/IT companies. I am blessed to work cross-functionally with many project teams - diverse and equally talented. In this capacity, I am also involved in supporting our future technical pipeline so that I can extend the same insight and gratitude that was so amiably shown to me years back.

If I could offer one piece of advice to those reading this that might be on a similar journey, it's this: If you're at a crossroad, choose the path that will makes you happy and fulfilled. Exploit your passion. The success will come inevitably because you have chosen to pursue what you were meant to do. And above all, never ever stop dreaming.

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