DiscoverEngineering our Future017 // Latinas are Changing STEM with Diana Iracheta
017 // Latinas are Changing STEM with Diana Iracheta

017 // Latinas are Changing STEM with Diana Iracheta

Update: 2020-10-21
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Diana is the founder of Latina Engineer, a page where she shares what is like to be a women in STEM. She is currently a manufacturing engineer at Methode Electronics. Coming from an immigrant family and being a first generation graduate has not been easy in a male-dominated field but she is showing the world the great things Latinas can do in STEM. Her Instagram page has over 6000+ followers where she shares her story as a Latina in engineering.


She has a passion for helping and empowering others. She is active in mentorship programs, STEM panels, and international conferences. She is showing the world that anyone can pursue a career in STEM.


Some questions discussed in the episode (Video Timestamps):


00:00 Intro

03:08 Intro Diana

04:30 Talking about the Latina Engineer page, shop, and Instagram

07:10 Why do you think there is so much pushback for Latinos and Latinas to work in STEM?

10:22 Why inspires you to share content for STEM students?

12:40 How was your experience starting your college career at a community college?

15:15 Is there a difference in the PE license with starting at a community college?

16:32 What do you do as a mechanical engineer?

18:20 What skills a mechanical engineer should have?

20:13 What volunteering do you do?

22:15 Do you regret not volunteering with engineering organizations?

25:10 What tools and principles do you use to manage your time with a full-time job and a small business?

28:10 Why do men don't worry about kids but women do? How can we change that?

32:15 Where do you see Latina Engineer in the future?

34:24 Do you think you would  ever quit mechanical engineering to focus on your business?

37:10 What advice do you have for a student considering between masters or pursue a career right away?

39:24 What advice do you give women wanting to pursue a career in STEM?

41:25 How can we continue Engineering our Future?

42:25 Connect with Diana from Latina Engineer

43:08 Outro


Resources mentioned in this episode:


Episode 9: Four Reasons you SHOULD go to Graduate School: https://www.luisfelipeduque.com/009

Episode 10: The Masters vs Experience Discussion with Iasmin Rosa: https://www.luisfelipeduque.com/010

Episode 11: Four Reasons you SHOULD NOT go to Graduate School: https://www.luisfelipeduque.com/011

PPI discount code: https://www.pp2pass.com/duque or use code “Duque” at checkout


Connect with Diana


Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/latina_engineer/

LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/in/dirachetaa

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgsD84mx8BFn8X8PMpuwmrA

Webstite: https://latinaengineerlife.wordpress.com/


Music by Jack Winder:


Outro: Southern Skies

Website: https://www.jackwinders.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JackWindersMusic

Follow him on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/0msfukZWdVoUHIvpFvanTU?si=U5jKEdjfSTOetL12ispLcg


Luis Duque:


LinkedIn: http://bit.ly/LuisDuqueEITLinkedIn

Twitter: http://bit.ly/LuisDuqueTwitter

Instagram: http://bit.ly/LuisDuqueInstagram

YouTube: http://bit.ly/LuisDuqueEITYouTube





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017 // Latinas are Changing STEM with Diana Iracheta

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