The Stem Equity Network

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Summary

Pegah Naseh shares her experiences as a Mechanical Engineer in Iran and Australia. Juggling oppressive sexism, family responsibilities and an impressive career, Pegah has actively seen a marked improvement in diversity acceptance in her industry and hopes to inspire the next generation of female engineers.

Show Notes

Pegah is a Mechanical Engineer with over 20 years' experience in the oil, gas and resources industries.  She has performed both technical roles and project management for a variety of projects. Pegah is an industry leader, and influencer who is always eager to learn, explore and inspire the people around her.
In this episode we explore Pegah's Mechanical Engineering career both in Iran and Australia. Heavily influenced and supported by her father Pegah studied engineering in Iran as one of only 2 females in a class of over 50 students.  We discuss her experience at uni and as a young engineer in Iran, as well as the decision to move her family to Australia looking for a more equitable working environment.  
Mentorship, having a family and life events such as her mother's passing have shaped the direction of Pegah's career. As a leader Pegah has learned the importance of being patient, listening to people and how to engage with different personalities.  She acknowledges that the sexism has improved dramatically in engineering over the past 3-5 years but there is still more that we can do.  
-        Women need a voice and to be heard.  
-        As a female we need understanding and empathy and flexibility
-        We need trust for flexibile working  - Covid19 has helped us to understand better how to do this.
-        Opportunity to do training (formal training and mentoring)
Female engineers change the dynamics of the leadership teams, and equality should be encouraged as much as possible.

What is The Stem Equity Network?

A series of interviews with STEM professionals and leaders, detailing their career highlights and outlining the steps needed to achieve leadership equity.