Nina Townley

San Leandro, CA, US
Field of Work 
Electrical Engineering
ESD Global
Job Title or "Student" 
Electrical Engineer
Illinois Institute of Technology
Architectural Engineering
Education Level 
Profile Biography 
Ever since I was a little girl, I enjoyed math, science, and building things. With my mother being an engineer and my stepdad and dad being in construction, I had exposure to these subjects throughout my childhood. One day of my junior year in high school my parents asked me what I wanted to study in college. I responded that I wasn't sure but considering my mother is an engineer and I loved math and science, I knew that I wanted to be an engineer of some kind. My parents mentioned to me that I should look into architectural engineering as a major because it involves architecture, construction, and engineering. After researching architectural engineering, I decided it was what I wanted to study.

I ended up going to Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, IL. During my junior year of college, I was able to obtain my first internship at an engineering company. I went into the internship not knowing exactly what I wanted to do within my field. When the interviewer asked whether I was interested in mechanical engineering design or electrical engineering design, I mentioned that I would be willing to work in whichever discipline they needed me the most. They told me that I would be working with the electrical engineering team. I wasn't the most excited to be working as an electrical engineer at the time as this was not the main focus of my major, but I decided to give it a try. Who would have thought that I would end up loving electrical engineering design.

After working as an intern for that company for 2 years, I had the opportunity to receive a full-time offer with their newly open San Francisco office. I have now been working as an electrical engineer at Environmental Systems Design for two and a half years. As an electrical engineer, my day today work involves designing electrical power Distribution Systems of buildings and designing lighting control systems.

Outside of work I love to travel, hike, running, and painting. I am also in the Society of Women Engineers Golden Gate Professional Chapter, where I am able to continue to support women in engineering as a professional. My advice for future women engineers is to pursue something that you have a passion for and do not be afraid to ask questions.
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Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

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