“I volunteer because I firmly believe we should use both sides of our brains when tackling engineering and technical topics,” said Sandra Davis, quality specialist.
Davis’ background gives her the basis to take a very individual view of the world. Her education combines fields that aren’t often directly related: while working on a master’s degree in art therapy, she had to carry a double major, so she chose science, with an emphasis in biology, and art, with an emphasis in sculpture.
Originally a welder by trade, Davis was a pipefitter foreman for Bechtel National prior to this project, and she has created art exhibitions that combine her love of biology and welding. Her desire to convey to students an interest in technical subjects led her to donate her time through the Blue Grass Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant education outreach program.
“At first, I was very skeptical about volunteering in the schools, but I have a passion for encouraging students,” said Davis. “I did research and found statistics showing the interest of students in engineering is declining. Our future depends on engineering—everything we build is engineered—and I wanted to reach out to students and encourage them to know they can do this.”
While volunteering during Engineers Week, Davis helped eighth-grade students create a bridge out of Popsicle sticks that she said was strong and aesthetically pleasing at the same time.
“I wanted to impress that upon the students and encourage their curiosity, and my background helps me do that,” said Davis. “To see that spark of interest when I transfer that passion and excitement to them, that’s what I love.”