Episode 7:

Parental Influence on Engineering Excellence with Sakshi Nanda

About the Guest

Sakshi Nanda is a proficient engineer with a unique blend of electronics, instrumentation, and biomedical engineering. With a background rooted in a culturally diverse heritage, she recognizes the immense value that different perspectives bring to the engineering field. Sakshi’s personal experiences as a migrant have further ignited her passion for breaking down barriers and paving the way toward a future where diversity and excellence go hand in hand in the engineering industry. Currently working as a systems engineer in the Australian government, Sakshi has also previously worked as a biomedical engineer and medical device assessor at Therapeutic Goods Australia.


Sakshi shares her journey in pursuing a career in engineering, highlighting the influence of her parents and her fascination with science and technology. She discusses her education pathway, including her studies in electronics, instrumentation, and control engineering, as well as her pursuit of an advanced diploma in biomedical engineering while working full-time and raising a family. Sakshi also talks about her achievements, such as presenting her first conference paper on emerging and innovative technology at the Society of Medical and Biological Engineering conference. She emphasizes the importance of diversity and inclusion in the engineering industry and offers advice to other culturally diverse women pursuing careers in STEM.

Key Takeaways

  • Sakshi Nanda’s passion for science and technology was nurtured by her parents, who come from diverse backgrounds in physics and medicine.
  • She emphasizes the importance of networking, mentorship, and finding supportive communities to navigate these challenges and succeed in the STEM field.
  • Sakshi believes that diversity is a catalyst for innovation and calls for changes in the engineering industry to prioritize diversity, inclusion, and the recognition of diverse talent.

Find out more

  • Connect with Sakshi Nanda on LinkedIn.


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    • Parental engagement is a major influence on students’ engagement and achievement in STEM. 
    • Learn more about Australia’s first STEM influencer study, which surveyed almost 1500 parents about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
    • Here’s a resource to introduce STEM skills at home by the Women in STEM Ambassador.

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