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Pooja Shah

Pooja Shah

Kiewit Corporation

"Don't be afraid to walk the path less taken."

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Pooja's work combines: Design, Environment & Nature, and Being Creative

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Day In The Life

Energy Systems Design Engineer

I work on designing innovative, sustainable and energy efficient energy solutions.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Agricultural Power Machinery Operation

    Vishwakarma Engineering College

  • Graduate Degree

    Energy Management and Systems Technology/Technician

    Syracuse University

  • Certification

    Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture

  • Certification

    Leader in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be an Energy Systems Design Engineer:

High School

Bachelor's Degree: Agricultural Power Machinery Operation

Graduate Degree: Energy Management and Systems Technology/Technician

Certification: Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture

Certification: Leader in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)

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Life & Career Milestones

My path in life has been direct

  • 1.

    Grew up in an extremely polluted country but an environmentally conscious family.

  • 2.

    My family and school encouraged me to think out of the box and to make a difference to the community

  • 3.

    Pursued a degree in a fairly unconventional engineering course called 'Power Electronics'.

  • 4.

    Presented an innovative & sustainable wind turbine design at World Engineer's Summit in Singapore.

  • 5.

    I decided to move the US to pursue my Masters in Renewable Energy Systems & Sustainability.

  • 6.

    Interned with a coalition of the US DoE called 'Clean Cities' on Reforming the Energy Vision.

  • 7.

    Worked as a Design Engineer to support GE's Power & Water Department.

  • 8.

    At 24, got laid off but after a few stressful months looking for a job, was offered my current job.

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Society in general:

    Engineering? Energy Systems Engineering? That's an extremely male-dominated profession. Maybe, try something that more women do—computer engineering or architecture?!

  • How I responded:

    Never let anyone tell you that you can't do something because it breaks conventions. Don't be afraid to walk the path less taken. Follow your dreams. Believe in yourself.