Mihika S Iyer, Women in Engineering Society, University of Leeds

Mihika S Iyer

What inspired you to become interested in the field of engineering/computing?

During high school, I had a real passion and zeal for physics and mathematics. Over time and after significant research, I soon concluded that the career path that truly piqued my interest was Electronic and Electrical Engineering (EEE). This programme consists of the perfect amalgam of theoretical as well as experimental knowledge. In addition, the programme would give me further insight into not only the latest technological advances but also into the latest advances in renewable energy.

Why did you choose to study at the University of Leeds?

The University of Leeds was the undisputed choice for me. Mainly because of its high position ranking and international renown. Moreover, the University of Leeds has an excellent reputation for cutting edge research developments in my field of study. EEE at Leeds has been uniquely designed to provide experimental, hands-on learning to supplement the theoretical theories and concepts. Furthermore, the University itself offers a unique study environment with state-of-the-art libraries, laboratories and study spaces.

Tell us about your role in the Leeds Student Women’s Engineering Society (WES)? (Committee)

I am currently the Treasurer for the Student Women’s Engineering Society. This role involves liaising with other committee members to develop a cost-effective budget which is beneficial to both the society and its members. The role also involves working closely and maintaining strong relationships with external sponsors. Furthermore, as a committee member I am also involved in organizing new and exciting events to attract new members.

How do you think your experience with WES Leeds will help you in your degree/career?

Working WES Leeds has provided me with a platform to work alongside a diverse group of engineers and build lasting relationships with them. These will undoubtedly be extremely useful when I work in industry. Furthermore, in my capacity as treasurer I was able to develop and hone several soft skills.

What does Leeds as a city have to offer to students?

Saying Leeds has plenty to offer would be an understatement. Due to the multiculturalism of the city, there is something on offer for everyone. Food, entertainment, shopping, culture, nature, music – Leeds has everything covered. 

What are your ambitions for the future?

In the immediate future, I intend on pursuing an engineering or a technology-based career. Down the road, I hope to become a Chartered Engineer and work in a closely related field.

What advice would you give to a woman considering a career in engineering/computer science?

Be enthusiastic about your intended course and jump at all the opportunities that come your way. The course may seem tough initially but if you’re motivated and work hard you’re guaranteed to succeed.