India, 27, takes pride in the fact that, as she drives the streets of her native Akron, OH, she is directly responsible for designing the infrastructure under those streets, namely the natural gas lines that need to be replaced due to corrosion. India says that “engineering keeps things interesting in that every day presents a new challenge, innovation is rewarded, and no two jobs (at least in my field) are exactly the same.” India has spent time mentoring middle and high school students by teaching a pre-engineering class for three years post-graduation, and having students shadow her at work. Looking back at how she got into engineering herself, she says it was all because of free pizza offered at her high school as part of a bridge building competition.
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