APS offers encouragement for women in STEM careers


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Female engineers are helping keep power running to millions of Arizona homes.

Arizona Public Service (APS), which provides power to 2.7 million homes in the state, has been helping open doors for women who want to work in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) fields.

Sabrina Kniesteadt, a system engineer at APS’s Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station, encourages women to aim for their dreams in any STEM career.

“Whether your dream is to be a cardiologist or a scientist at NASA you really can be whatever you want to be,” she said in a company press release. “You bring a different perspective to the table, and that is very valuable in a world where creativity and thinking outside the box can have a big impact.”

Zainub Dungarwalla, an instrumentation and controls engineer at the nuclear station, said her work at APS helped her learn the practical aspects of engineering.

“I came in as a book-smart engineer and have since learned the practicalities of engineering and leading teams,” Dungarwalla said in the release.

Melissa Wong, a design engineer at the nuclear station said a training program at APS helped her learn the fundamentals.

“The training program allowed me to rotate through different departments to help me understand the cross-organizational impacts of each department and how the company works as a whole," she said.

One of the mechanical design engineers at the company has advised women going after STEM careers to never give up and always look for opportunities to learn.

“Go to the after-school programs, career expos, tours and information sessions. Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire,” Leanne Burgess said.

APS’s Palo Verde Nuclear station is the largest producer of carbon-free energy in the country, according to the company’s website. Its headquarters are in Phoenix.

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