Building blocks for Christmas sparked my interest in engineering

With a first class degree in both Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, our FERM of the month Debora Comparin always knew she wanted to be an engineer. As a little girl she sent a letter to Santa Claus every Christmas asking for toy building blocks and electrical gadgets to play with. Her father also has a big influence on her career path as a Production Engineer with SAFRAN Messier-Bugatti-Dowty, owning a small factory he built prototypes of machines used to produce bricks.

Debora is multilingual, fluent in Italian which is her native language, English and French. She loves travelling, reading books and watching movies in other languages to improve her vocabulary in foreign languages. As an enthusiastic STEM ambassador, Debora strongly believes that skills development, along with attraction and retention of talents amongst young people is one of the strategic aspects that need to be addressed in order for employers to secure a sustainable competitive position in any sector.

Conscious that the volume of engineers needed to meet future sector growth projections are still farfetched, Debora is determined to make a difference in the aerospace world. She does this by playing an active role and being responsible of Marketing, Media and Fundraising for Flying Start Challenge (FSC), who offer great opportunities for schools to forge worthwhile links with local industries.

Debora is passionate about her job within AGP (Aerospace Growth Partnership), together with the Regional Aerospace Alliances she is hugely involved in the design and launch of initiatives that deliver on skills challenges by providing sustainable solutions. Debora deems that engineering, especially within the aerospace field, is a male dominated environment. In concrete terms this means that most of the time she finds herself being the only woman sitting at a meeting or working on a project within a team.

She discloses, “I think it is important to realise that we all have a different set of skills, hence it is instrumental for success achieving diversity in a working environment, diversity in terms of culture, knowledge and gender. In conclusion, being a female in engineering doesn’t mean facing challenges on an individual/personal level, this lack of gender balance is more linked to a threat, or better a lack of an opportunity, for a business/team to explore different visions.”

In conclusion Debora states, “I think that a lot of valuable programmes and initiatives have been put in place in the last couple of years, however we need time to appreciate the results of the work done. I also believe that we should carry on attracting more females to engineering. Should you want to be an engineer, you need to be very passionate of what you do in your every day job and please remember to become a mentor/role model in the future!” 


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Date published: 
December 16, 2015