While women make up half of the total college-educated workforce, only 29 percent of women work in the science and engineering field. For Shirin Baghadam, an Iranian native, she’s had a lifelong love for math and now she brings that passion to Race Communications.
There’s a lot of work that goes behind Race building out a community. The designing, planning, and engineering are all done by our Outside Plant Engineering Team and we’re proud to have Shirin as part of that group. Read more to find out how she spends her days at Race.
What’s your title at Race?
I am an Outside Plant Engineer here.
How long have you been at Race?
I started last June, so just under a year.
What exactly do you do?
I am a designer on the OSP team. We provide Internet, so for that, we need specific equipment. So basically if we have a place that we want to provide Internet, I look at the place, count the houses, parcels. I decide which equipment we need and how are we going to put them in. What’s the size of the cable? What’s the range? What’s the distance? I design all of this.
How did you get into engineering in general?
I studied electric engineering in Iran. And I previously worked in power design. So I was a designer before. For me, my father was an engineer. When I was in high school, I saw myself more interested in mathematics and physics, so I chose math.
What’s your typical day like?
It really depends on where we are in a project. Like if we’re in the beginning, I am designing. If we are in the middle, I am making splice plans. If we are in the end, I am making reports and making sure every address is correct.
To explain splice plans, half of the job is done by the construction company. So the things I design, I make it clear and understandable for them.
What are three words you would use to describe Race?
I like the company because it is fast-growing. Also, teamwork and reliable come to mind.
Do you have any favorite projects you’ve worked on so far?
I like all of them because I am designing them, but I liked Bear Valley the most because that is the biggest community we’ve done so far.
Bonus Question: What are you currently watching on Netflix right now?
House of Cards [laughs]. I am almost finished with it. But I’m also watching Oscar-nominated films, I am trying to watch all of them [laughs]!