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Women in Engineering: Q&A with Sharvari Sangle

June 23, 2017 is International Women in Engineering Day. A day to celebrate the amazing careers in engineering and technical roles for girls, and recognize the achievements of our outstanding women engineers. In celebration of SRF’s women engineers, each day this week we are showcasing a valuable member of our engineering team.

Sharvari Sangle | GIS Analyst

Joined SRF: 2017

Bachelor of Engineering, Information Technology, VPCOE, Pune University, India
Master of Science, Geographic Information Science, University of Minnesota

What are a few of your favorite hobbies outside of work?
Other than being a map geek, I am an abstract painter. I also like to dance, and my recent weekly activities include CrossFit, swimming, and golfing.

Why did you decide to study engineering?
From an early age, I had a curiosity in computers and software, which guided me toward engineering. My father is a mechanical engineer and my brother is a civil engineer, so family influence is another reason.

How did you get started in the field?
After my undergrad, I started working as a SDK GIS developer for two years, which led me to getting my master’s in GIS. Having two years of experience pushed me to pursue a specialization in my field.

Tell us about your role at SRF.
I coordinate with project managers and clients to plan, design, develop, deploy, and maintain GIS solutions through custom tools using Python, geoprocessing, web applications, etc. My additional responsibilities include providing automation solutions for GIS analysis of highway and transit networks. I develop ArcGIS Online mapping services and mobile applications, and static cartographic maps for project areas to communicate traffic and transportation characteristics to clients. I am also involved in data analytics and our visualization initiative, where I work with Spatial big data and 3D visualization.

What’s the most rewarding part of your job?
The best part of being in GIS is serving the public by giving them efficient and effective solutions.

What project are you the proudest of, or has been your favorite?
The first week at SRF, I was given a chance to develop GIS automated solutions, which saved 30 hours of manual work. It was an empowering day for me. I realized I can make a difference.

What advice would you give to a female engineer entering her career?
Remember that you are smart and capable. You bring value to the table.