Jessika Oktasya

Jessika Oktasya is building international bridges
Jessika left her native country of Indonesia to study Engineering at the University of Massachusetts in hopes of changing perceptions of women in the STEM fields both here and abroad.
 
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Jessika Oktasya

Mechanical Engineering, Class of 2016
UMass Video Profile Series Transcript :Jessika Oktasya

I'm originally from Indonesia, and I chose UMass because UMass has one of the best engineering programs in the nation. Traditionally, engineering in general is a male-dominated subject. But in UMass, we have the Society of Women Engineers. And through that club, I know most female engineers. My sophomore year, I had an internship at Chevron in Indonesia. So I was part of the maintenance and facility engineering interns. There were four of us on the team. I was one of the mechanical engineers. As I learn more about mechanical engineer, and as I learn more that it's not only about fixing things, I'm more interested in design. My favorite class is the Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering. That's the class that we had to make a robot car. So we coded it, and then we built the car. We make the components. Everyone is really supportive, whether it's the professor, the staff, the classmates. And I feel like if I go to a different school, I wouldn't have the same experience as I do now. Even if I have to redo my whole college experience, I would still go to UMass. It's a good home away from home. My name is Jessika Oktasya, Class of 2016. I stand for women in engineering, and I stand for UMass.

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