| 19 February 2024

Meet Deepika Karthik, new YEA committee member

Deepika tells us about her inspiration for joining the committee and some of the best advice she received as a young engineer. 

Can you tell us what inspired you to study engineering? 

During my early academic years, I was intrigued by the intricacies of problem-solving within the realm of technology. The puzzle that particularly caught my attention involved deciphering complex issues beyond the classroom. It was this curiosity and passion for unravelling challenges that guided me to pursue a discipline that could provide comprehensive solutions-electronic and electrical engineering.  

As I navigate my master's in professional engineering, the diverse and ever-evolving nature of electronic and electrical engineering fuels my enthusiasm and the prospect of contributing to cutting-edge advancements is still a driving force. 

What inspired you to join the Young Engineers Australia committee? 

This stemmed from a deep-seated aspiration to play an active role in shaping the trajectory of our engineering community. Recognising the committee as a national hub for networking and a catalyst for valuable opportunities, I was inspired to contribute my skills and enthusiasm to this endeavour. 

The prospect of collaboration with like-minded individuals who share a passion for innovation, and collectively steering the course of engineering's future is appealing for me. I see this as an opportunity not only to broaden my own professional network but also to facilitate connections among fellow engineers for knowledge exchange and collaboration.  

Professional development is a cornerstone of our mission, and I will advocate for initiatives that provide valuable resources, mentorship opportunities, and skill-building workshops. By creating a robust platform for continuous learning, we can empower young engineers to thrive in an ever-evolving industry. 

In essence, my decision to join the committee is rooted in the fact that collective efforts lead to exponential growth. I am excited about the potential for personal and professional development, as well as the chance to contribute to a thriving community that actively promotes the advancement of engineering excellence. 

What has been some of the best advice you have received as a young engineer and what advice do you have for other young engineers?  

One of the best pieces of advice I received was to embrace continuous learning. In the ever-evolving field of engineering, staying curious and committed to expanding one's knowledge is crucial. This advice has inspired me to seek out new challenges, stay abreast of emerging technologies, and pursue opportunities for skill development. 

For other young engineers, I would emphasise the importance of building a strong network and seeking mentorship. Establishing connections within the industry not only opens doors for collaboration but also provides valuable insight and guidance from experienced professionals. Mentorship can offer a unique perspective and serve as a source of inspiration throughout your career. 

Additionally, I encourage young engineers to be proactive in taking on diverse projects. Engaging in a variety of experiences helps develop a well-rounded skill set and provides exposure to different facets of engineering.