Women in STEAM – Priscila Almeida, PE

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Garver | Mechanical Engineer

DAY AT WORK

As a mechanical engineer, I design the HVAC and plumbing systems for a wide range of buildings – from universities to hospitals and airports. I work with clients across the country to make sure their systems comply with state requirements. Every project is like a fun puzzle that I get to piece together. My work also involves coordination across disciplines to deliver a project that meets the needs of the client.

BEGINNING INTERESTS 

I’ve always loved learning and solving problems – from as early as 13 years old. I grew up in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and began my engineering education there. In 2015, I was recruited by the University of Arkansas at Little Rock to play Division 1 volleyball and moved to the United States. UA Little Rock offered several amazing opportunities in the engineering field. Ultimately, my credits transferred to mechanical engineering, so I headed down that path and never looked back!

LOVE THE WORK 

Every project is so different! There’s always so much to learn and always something to take with you. It may sound cliche, but no day is the same in the world of mechanical engineering. 

SUPRISING BUT TRUE

There’s a wide variety of industries and opportunities available to those in STEAM. From buildings and computers to clothing and food – science, technology, engineering, arts, and math make up nearly everything that we use or interact with every day. All your favorite things were designed, built, or invented by someone in STEAM. 

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