Marissa Feinman
Marissa Feinman
Having women in technology fields helps to bring diversity of thought and perspectives on solving the world’s problems.

Marissa Feinman earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University and is currently a Product Engineer for GATD. In this role, she is responsible for a product line of automated terminal processing machines. Prior to this role, she completed the TE Development Engineering Rotation Program which exposed her to different engineering functions and departments within the company.  Passionate about exposing STEM to children, Marissa coaches a First Lego League team, which provides elementary and middle school students the opportunity to program a Lego robot to solve missions and build projects to solve industry problems. She volunteers for Junior Achievement as a panelist, sharing her story of how she became interested in engineering and answering students’ questions. When not involved in work or STEM activities, Marissa enjoys singing, traveling, musical theatre and spending time with family and friends.

Marissa-feinman

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

My SWE chapter at Lehigh University focused on working with programs to promote STEM and community outreach. One of the events that I helped with during my years with SWE that made a big impact was the CHOICES program. CHOICES stands for “Charting Horizons and Opportunities in Careers in Engineering and Sciences”, and the program focused on outreach to girls to introduce them to engineering. For one day in the spring semester, over fifty middle school students would come on to campus for a day of hands-on STEM activities such as an egg drop and a marshmallow challenge.  The egg was dropped off a three-story building and the challenge was to build an enclosure so it would not break on impact.  The marshmallow challenge is a timed activity where a group of students have to try and build the tallest structure out of household items like paper, marshmallows and tape.  These girls were put in groups with people they did not know, and were challenged to solve these problems and think creatively. While doing the activities, they were able to ask us questions about school and how we picked the major that we had chosen. Volunteering with this program showed me how important it is to have a support group of women engineers, and the importance of learning about engineering at a young age. I was fortunate enough to be introduced to engineering in high school, and that was key in solidifying my interest in Mechanical Engineering. Without that opportunity, I might have not been introduced to engineering at all. Seeing the impact that these types of events had on the girls and how being introduced to engineering in high school has impacted me, I wanted to give these kinds of opportunities to other students too.

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

If you are looking to break into the field of technology, just do it! It is important to find a career that you are passionate about, because that curiosity and drive will push you to be successful in what you do. Having women in technology fields helps to bring diversity of thought and perspectives on solving the world’s problems. There will be challenges, but the feeling that you get when you finally solve a problem will make it all worth it. It is also important to surround yourself with a network of people who you can look to for advice and to run ideas by. Having an outlet to discuss ideas and brainstorm can be very helpful, especially in learning about the technology field.

 

A good way to learn more about the field of technology is to reach out to an expert. If you know of a neighbor, a family friend, or another professional that is in the field that you are interested in, send them an email. When I was in high school, I sent an email to an engineer in a field that I was interested in learning about. By asking him about his career and advice on what types of engineering programs I should look into, I was able to get a real-life example of what engineering looks like, and he was able to help me determine my next steps to grow my career as an engineer. People will be more than willing to share their stories and give guidance, and you may be surprised by the lessons that you can learn.

Seeing the impact that these types of events had on the girls and how being introduced to engineering in high school has impacted me, I wanted to give these kinds of opportunities to other students too.
Marissa Feinman,
Product Engineer, Application Tooling
Marissa Feinman
Marissa Feinman
Having women in technology fields helps to bring diversity of thought and perspectives on solving the world’s problems.

Marissa Feinman earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University and is currently a Product Engineer for GATD. In this role, she is responsible for a product line of automated terminal processing machines. Prior to this role, she completed the TE Development Engineering Rotation Program which exposed her to different engineering functions and departments within the company.  Passionate about exposing STEM to children, Marissa coaches a First Lego League team, which provides elementary and middle school students the opportunity to program a Lego robot to solve missions and build projects to solve industry problems. She volunteers for Junior Achievement as a panelist, sharing her story of how she became interested in engineering and answering students’ questions. When not involved in work or STEM activities, Marissa enjoys singing, traveling, musical theatre and spending time with family and friends.

Marissa-feinman

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

My SWE chapter at Lehigh University focused on working with programs to promote STEM and community outreach. One of the events that I helped with during my years with SWE that made a big impact was the CHOICES program. CHOICES stands for “Charting Horizons and Opportunities in Careers in Engineering and Sciences”, and the program focused on outreach to girls to introduce them to engineering. For one day in the spring semester, over fifty middle school students would come on to campus for a day of hands-on STEM activities such as an egg drop and a marshmallow challenge.  The egg was dropped off a three-story building and the challenge was to build an enclosure so it would not break on impact.  The marshmallow challenge is a timed activity where a group of students have to try and build the tallest structure out of household items like paper, marshmallows and tape.  These girls were put in groups with people they did not know, and were challenged to solve these problems and think creatively. While doing the activities, they were able to ask us questions about school and how we picked the major that we had chosen. Volunteering with this program showed me how important it is to have a support group of women engineers, and the importance of learning about engineering at a young age. I was fortunate enough to be introduced to engineering in high school, and that was key in solidifying my interest in Mechanical Engineering. Without that opportunity, I might have not been introduced to engineering at all. Seeing the impact that these types of events had on the girls and how being introduced to engineering in high school has impacted me, I wanted to give these kinds of opportunities to other students too.

2

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

If you are looking to break into the field of technology, just do it! It is important to find a career that you are passionate about, because that curiosity and drive will push you to be successful in what you do. Having women in technology fields helps to bring diversity of thought and perspectives on solving the world’s problems. There will be challenges, but the feeling that you get when you finally solve a problem will make it all worth it. It is also important to surround yourself with a network of people who you can look to for advice and to run ideas by. Having an outlet to discuss ideas and brainstorm can be very helpful, especially in learning about the technology field.

 

A good way to learn more about the field of technology is to reach out to an expert. If you know of a neighbor, a family friend, or another professional that is in the field that you are interested in, send them an email. When I was in high school, I sent an email to an engineer in a field that I was interested in learning about. By asking him about his career and advice on what types of engineering programs I should look into, I was able to get a real-life example of what engineering looks like, and he was able to help me determine my next steps to grow my career as an engineer. People will be more than willing to share their stories and give guidance, and you may be surprised by the lessons that you can learn.

Seeing the impact that these types of events had on the girls and how being introduced to engineering in high school has impacted me, I wanted to give these kinds of opportunities to other students too.
Marissa Feinman,
Product Engineer, Application Tooling