Thursday, January 20

Panamanian, first woman from LA to reach the Global Directory of the world’s largest Engineers organization

The Panamanian, Guadalupe González, inaugurated a new chapter in Latin America in the field of professional participation of women by becoming the first Engineer to assume a position in the World Directory of the Power and Energy Society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE PES), highlights a press release from this organization.

The appointment of González, current Director of Electricity of the National Secretariat of Energy of Panama, He was produced as a Member at Large of the Diversity and Inclusion Program of the IEEE PES Board of Directors.

Lhe IEEE PES is the world’s largest forum for Engineers with nearly 40,000 members on 5 continents. In addition, it is the oldest company on the planet in the field of Electrical and Electronic Engineering focused on promoting scientific knowledge of this discipline.

Regarding the IEEE PES Board of Directors designation, González pointed out that one of the goals has been proposed to contribute to combat the “stigmas, which unfortunately arise at home, that STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) careers are for men ”.

“The beliefs of this type are sown by parents and relatives to girls from an early age, sometimes without thinking. What must be done is to try to involve the boy and the girl in environments that promote science and mathematics for all. Additionally, when the woman is already in the labor stage, it is also important to create the conditions that allow her to be a mother and; at the same time, carry out work responsibilities without this creating conflicts or limiting their professional growth ”, explained González.

Pioneering work

Since 2011 she joined IEEE PES as a volunteer first as Vice President of the Panama Chapter of that Society, but later assumed other regional leadership positions as Representative of the Presidents of Chapters of Central America and Panama; in addition, later as Representative for Latin America and the Caribbean of the initiative Women in Power, which seeks to highlight the role of women in the energy sector.

“In the Society of Power and Energy at the moment we are collecting a series of data to have an information base of the diversity situation in order to develop a roadmap in 2022 that allows us to take actions to be more inclusive ”, explained González.

For his work on IEEE PES and Women in Engineering in Latin America and Panama, In 2016 González was one of the winners of the IEEE MGA Achievement Award and the IEEE Manuel López Spla Award of the Panama Section.

González graduated from Technological University of Panama (UTP), where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in Electromechanical Engineering and also holds a DPh.D. in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University in the United States.

“I have always liked mathematics and my parents motivated me to love scienceBesides, I liked academic challenges, so when I had to choose a career, I asked which engineering was the most difficult in Panama, they told me that Electromechanical Engineering caught my attention and from there I loved everything that could be done. do in the exercise of this profession especially in the area in which I specialized, which is electricity ”, explained González.

In recent years, the female participation of Panamanians in STEM careers has shown permanent growth.

At the UTP During the first semester of 2021 a total of 10,208 women were enrolled in the Faculties of Civil, Electrical, Industrial, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Systems and Sciences and Technology, in addition, in the Regional Centers of Azuero, Colón, Bocas del Toro, Coclé, Chiriquí, Panamá Oeste and Veraguas.