Engineers Without Borders to host information session
This Tuesday evening, Engineers Without Borders (EWB) are hosting an information session with Faina Matveeva on General Electric Appliances. A Russian immigrant, Matveeva has lived in Lexington for the last twenty years, where she attended the University of Kentucky graduating last year with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. During her undergraduate, Matveeva became involved with the EWB, which she remains engaged with presently.
She moved to Louisville to work at GE, where she had previously co-oped. Currently she is employed in the Supply Chain Development Program at GE Appliances working as a continuous improvement engineer in GEA’s plastics and injection molding plant rotational position, where she works six months in different aspects of Supply Chain Operations.
“I fell in love with the city and the work I was doing,” she explains of her co-op time, adding, “It’s manufacturing, so it’s very practical problem-solving. I like to say the environment in which I work is fast-paced and people-oriented, and I find that to be an environment in which I thrive.”
Since graduating, she has served with in the EWB USA on a regional level as the KY and WV State Representative between the national headquarters and the chapters in KY and WV, currently serving as the Great Lakes Regional co-president. Her love of EWB is twofold: working with communities around the world for sustainable solutions and to provide real world training opportunities to burgeoning engineers.
Matveeva carefully balances her professional and community service carefully. She believes, “I’ve found it not to be a burden to juggle my personal life with my job and EWB USA. I enjoy the work that I do and the people I’m surrounded by. I’m very early in my career and I’m sure the balance will become trickier as I progress. I want to make service in engineering a priority in my life, and I hope I’ll be able to do that for many years to come.”
While you’ll have to wait for Tuesday to get her talk on applying her degree to her career, she has some advice to anyone looking to get into the work place soon.
“If you’re in engineering, follow what you like! The job stability will be there if you’re willing to look for it and to work for it. So, you may as well pursue a field of engineering that will keep you curious and interested for upwards of 40 years of your life! There’s plenty of variety within engineering to find a niche where you feel like you really belong—don’t compromise that possibility for yourself,” says Matveeva.
The Engineers Without Borders meeting is from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 21st in Vogt. Free pizza will be available for anyone hungry to learn more.