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Sofia Rodriguez-O’Brien

Sofia Rodriguez-O’Brien

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Sofia's work combines: Engineering, Technology, and Building Things

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Day In The Life

Project Engineer

Handle the day to day operations for a $13M job for the Sewerage Authority.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

    Carlos Pereyra (Mexico)

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Construction Engineering Technology/Technician

    New Jersey Institute of Technology

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be a Civil Engineers:

Bachelor's Degree: Civil Engineering Technologies/Technicians

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Life & Career Milestones

My path in life took a while to figure out

  • 1.

    Obtaining a student visa and being able to pay for out of county tuition was difficult but I worked and was able to pay for community college out of my pocket.

  • 2.

    I got an Associates degree in architecture but when I tried to transfer to a 4-yr school they almost

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Society in general:

    It’s a tough field to be in as a women. You may not be able to lift or do things men can.

  • How I responded:

    1) I Kept telling myself that as long as i proved everyone that I’m a hard worker, it wouldn’t matter whether I was a man or a woman. 2) I told them that even though I am not as strong as I men. I know my limitations but I also know when to ask for help, and that doesn’t make me weak.

Experiences and challenges that shaped me

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  • All my family is back in Mexico. I had to work full time while going to school in order to be able to afford life. I applied for scholarships and financial aid. But I never thought of quitting school because of money.