Meghan has over 12 years of experience in mine engineering. She has used software to create 3D designs of underground mines, developed the maps and instructions for drilling & blasting the rock, and worked closely with everyone to make sure the mining was carried out safely and efficiently. She now supports the Vice Presidents who oversee 5 mines in Canada, the US and Mexico and helps the teams at these mines become better at what they do and how they do it.
What inspired you to explore STEM when you were young?
I was interested in everything from dinosaur bones to designing my ideal bedroom to designing technology like I saw on Star Trek! My hobbies included sewing and baking, so I learned very quickly how important math and chemistry were, whether making myself clothes or making a birthday cake!
What do you enjoy most about what you do in your STEM career?
I enjoy being able to solve problems. As a mining engineering, I am often working with teams of very smart people to try to figure out how to mine valuable materials safely, quickly, efficiently, at the lowest cost and with the least impact on the environment – which can be quite a challenge!
What is a fun, bizarre or insightful STEM fact about your field?
The average modern electronic device (like your phone, tablet, computer, TV, etc.) has more than 35 minerals in it – and all of these come from mining!