Pauline Rusciano
Pauline Rusciano
If you work hard, believe in yourself, and set your mind to it, you will succeed!

Pauline Rusciano holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Temple University. While pursuing her degree, Pauline joined the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) organization taking on the role as President of her college’s section in 2016. She came to TE with knowledge in machine design and joined TE’s Automation Manufacturing Technology group as a Manufacturing Engineer. In this role, Pauline prepares proposals and estimates to design and build machines for internal customers.

My engineering career and SWE experiences continue to help me learn and advance my skills everyday with my job and outside of work.
Pauline Rusciano,
Manufacturing Engineer, Automation Manufacturing Technology

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Tell us about your experiences with SWE and how it made an impact on your engineering career.

The Society of Women Engineers organization gives inspiration, confidence, hope, opportunities, and the resources to help female engineers succeed; whether it be struggling with classes, finding a job, figuring out your future career plans, retirement, etc. SWE is there to support females in the STEM field. Being the first person in my family to attend college was challenging. I was quiet, easily intimidated and had very low confidence. I struggled with the transition, the classes, the overall college experience. There were plenty of times where I didn’t think I could handle the work of an engineering degree and I had doubts. My parents continuously encouraged me to stick with it and to not be afraid if I make a mistake. In my second year of college I learned about SWE and I immediately got involved. At college, our SWE section organized an event where they prepared us with short STEM projects to work on with local elementary school students. This event gave me a new perspective on becoming an engineer. It encouraged me to push through the obstacles along the way to reach my goal. After meeting some upperclassmen members, I was taken under their wing where they gave me guidance on how to do well. I felt like I belonged and I could relate well with the members I met. They encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone and by my senior year, I had the privilege of being president of my college’s SWE section. SWE made such a huge impact on my career and I want to continue spreading this impact to other female STEM students who were struggling the same way I did when I first started. After joining SWE, I became a new person: I gained confidence, wasn't afraid expressing my ideas, learned a lot and became someone that other female engineering students looked up to for advice.

I was fortunate to attend the Region E SWE conference held in Newport News, VA. These conferences consist of inspirational talks, amazing keynote speakers, a career fair and the opportunity to network with professionals. TE had a booth at the career fair. I didn’t know much about the company and when I approached the booth, I had the opportunity to talk with a young female engineer at the company. She spoke with such enthusiasm about all the opportunities offered and every segment that TE is involved in, which instantly drew my interest. Soon after the conference, TE reached out to me for a potential job opportunity. I would have never known about TE if I wasn’t involved in SWE. The SWE journey impacted my engineering career tremendously. My engineering career and SWE experiences continue to help me learn and advance my skills everyday with my job and outside of work. I am fortunate for the great opportunities to develop my skills and connect with leaders in the industry. My SWE journey has changed my life, encourages me, and gives me hope to continue my path in engineering.

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What advice would you give a woman looking to break into the field of technology?

My advice for women looking to break into the field of technology is to go for it because the opportunities are endless! If you work hard, believe in yourself, and set your mind to it, you will succeed! A STEM education provides you opportunities not only in STEM related fields, but also in non-STEM related fields. I would also encourage them to get involved, whether it be with SWE or another technology based organization because these type of organizations are there to help, encourage, and give advice to those looking to get into the field as well. Overall, with a technology background, the possibilities are infinite and it will help you advance in numerous ways. 

Pauline Rusciano
Pauline Rusciano
If you work hard, believe in yourself, and set your mind to it, you will succeed!

Pauline Rusciano holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Temple University. While pursuing her degree, Pauline joined the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) organization taking on the role as President of her college’s section in 2016. She came to TE with knowledge in machine design and joined TE’s Automation Manufacturing Technology group as a Manufacturing Engineer. In this role, Pauline prepares proposals and estimates to design and build machines for internal customers.

My engineering career and SWE experiences continue to help me learn and advance my skills everyday with my job and outside of work.
Pauline Rusciano,
Manufacturing Engineer, Automation Manufacturing Technology

1

Tell us about your experiences with SWE and how it made an impact on your engineering career.

The Society of Women Engineers organization gives inspiration, confidence, hope, opportunities, and the resources to help female engineers succeed; whether it be struggling with classes, finding a job, figuring out your future career plans, retirement, etc. SWE is there to support females in the STEM field. Being the first person in my family to attend college was challenging. I was quiet, easily intimidated and had very low confidence. I struggled with the transition, the classes, the overall college experience. There were plenty of times where I didn’t think I could handle the work of an engineering degree and I had doubts. My parents continuously encouraged me to stick with it and to not be afraid if I make a mistake. In my second year of college I learned about SWE and I immediately got involved. At college, our SWE section organized an event where they prepared us with short STEM projects to work on with local elementary school students. This event gave me a new perspective on becoming an engineer. It encouraged me to push through the obstacles along the way to reach my goal. After meeting some upperclassmen members, I was taken under their wing where they gave me guidance on how to do well. I felt like I belonged and I could relate well with the members I met. They encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone and by my senior year, I had the privilege of being president of my college’s SWE section. SWE made such a huge impact on my career and I want to continue spreading this impact to other female STEM students who were struggling the same way I did when I first started. After joining SWE, I became a new person: I gained confidence, wasn't afraid expressing my ideas, learned a lot and became someone that other female engineering students looked up to for advice.

I was fortunate to attend the Region E SWE conference held in Newport News, VA. These conferences consist of inspirational talks, amazing keynote speakers, a career fair and the opportunity to network with professionals. TE had a booth at the career fair. I didn’t know much about the company and when I approached the booth, I had the opportunity to talk with a young female engineer at the company. She spoke with such enthusiasm about all the opportunities offered and every segment that TE is involved in, which instantly drew my interest. Soon after the conference, TE reached out to me for a potential job opportunity. I would have never known about TE if I wasn’t involved in SWE. The SWE journey impacted my engineering career tremendously. My engineering career and SWE experiences continue to help me learn and advance my skills everyday with my job and outside of work. I am fortunate for the great opportunities to develop my skills and connect with leaders in the industry. My SWE journey has changed my life, encourages me, and gives me hope to continue my path in engineering.

2

What advice would you give a woman looking to break into the field of technology?

My advice for women looking to break into the field of technology is to go for it because the opportunities are endless! If you work hard, believe in yourself, and set your mind to it, you will succeed! A STEM education provides you opportunities not only in STEM related fields, but also in non-STEM related fields. I would also encourage them to get involved, whether it be with SWE or another technology based organization because these type of organizations are there to help, encourage, and give advice to those looking to get into the field as well. Overall, with a technology background, the possibilities are infinite and it will help you advance in numerous ways.