Savanna Silva

Savanna Silva

Mechanical Engineer

U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground

Yuma, AZ USA

Any adversity that you go through is only going to make you a stronger person...No matter what adversity I’ve gone through in life, it’s made me the person I am today.


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Savanna Silva


My road in life took a while to figure out.
Born and raised in a small town in Oklahoma.
Moved to Yuma, AZ after her father got a job working for the U.S. Border Patrol when she was 13 years old.
With the help of her uncle, she learned how to fly planes—says she knew from that moment that she wanted to pursue a career in engineering.
She graduated high school in the top 10 of her class but didn’t get any scholarships that would enable her to go to a 4-year university.
Attended Arizona Western College (AWC), a community college in Yuma, where she received her associate’s degree in business.
Worked as a data collector at the U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground but was unfulfilled—decided to go back to pursue her bachelor’s degree in engineering.
Participated in a systems engineering "2-1-1" program where she spent 2 years at AWC doing her general requirements, 1 year taking satellite courses through UA, and 1 year attending UA.
She was the first female to graduate from that program and is now a Mechanical Engineer at the U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground.
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High School
Associate's Degree
Business/Commerce, General
Arizona Western College
Systems Engineering
University of Arizona
Level II Certified in Test & Evaluation
Defense Acquisition University


Mechanical Engineer

I perform ground testing of combat vehicles in the test & evaluation process.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
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Learning / Being Challenged

Day to Day

At the beginning of the day, I prepare by coming up with a plan of action based on prior day’s activities. Then I will head out to execute the plan with the platform I am testing. I am generally with the platform all day to facilitate on the spot resolutions and analyze crude data. Towards the end of the day, I return back to my office to document my findings and to do some preparations for the next test day.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

Don't let things stop you. There is always a solution to your problems.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

Associate's Degree
Business/Commerce, General
Level II Certified in Test & Evaluation


The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"You must not be as smart as the men in your field because you are a woman."

Challenges I Overcame

First-Generation College Student