Anna Habibzadeh, Project Manager, NEXTracker
“I was born and raised in Iran, and having an engineer dad and an engineer sister, I wanted to be an engineer myself. I went to college here in the United States and pursued civil and structural engineering. The more I got involved in solar, the more I became interested. The industry is so new and fresh, every day you learn something new. Until two years ago I was mainly in design and engineering, and I loved it, but I also wanted to grasp a more practical aspect: dealing with people, with the clients, being out on site, so I switched to project management. I’ve loved it ever since. Especially for a woman, it’s very challenging, and there are days when I’m like, ‘Oh my God I’m not going to be able to do this,’ but at the end of the day you get it done, and it’s so rewarding.”
“Construction in general is a male-dominated industry, I think. When you get out on site there are all these guys who worked on construction sites for decades, and there’s this young woman telling them what to do and what not to do. It takes a lot longer for a woman, especially a younger woman, to gain the respect from the guys on site. It’s much more difficult. I think it would be great to try to find reasons to bring more women to the site, making it more hands-on rather than keeping them mainly in the office.”
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