Niasia Williams joined the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) the summer following her sophomore year at Rutgers University in pursuit of networking and mentorship opportunities. After taking on various leadership roles within the organization, she is now the National Chair of NSBE. She credits her engineering success to grit, commitment to her goals and giving back to her community through NSBE and United Technologies. “Find where your passion lies and reach out to an engineer who works in that field,” she says. “People are more than willing to share their knowledge and mentor you.”
Growing up, Niasia always knew she wanted a career where she could use her creativity skills to help people. She debated going into the medical field or politics before deciding on engineering and earning a bachelors degree in mechanical engineering. Today she is a Mechanical Systems Engineer at Pratt & Whitney.
“There were a host of experiences that led me to engineering. My father, who is a mechanic, was a huge influence on me,” she says. “He would take me with him to buy parts and build cars, reinforcing my interest in science, problem solving and exploring how machines work.”
As the engineering field continues to grow, Niasia looks forward to seeing more young Black and minority women enter the field. “If you are a woman looking to be an engineer or enter the STEM field, don’t let anyone tell you no. If you are interested helping improve the world, like to learn and are curious about how things work, then engineering is definitely the field for you.”