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Meet Lisa Box: Empowering Women in Nuclear Engineering

Happy Women in Engineering Day! On this International Women’s Day, we celebrate the achievements of great women in this field.
Meet Lisa Box, a young nuclear engineer with a passion for innovation and a knack for solving complex problems. Lisa's journey from Aix-Marseille Université to leading roles at TotalEnergies and now Instrumentation Technologies (the parent company of Red Pitaya) has been marked by her commitment to digital transformation and metrology. She believes in the power of women in engineering and aims to inspire more to join the field. Recently, Lisa shared her unique experiences in a short interview, discussing everything from her proudest projects to answering curious questions about her work. Discover Lisa's insights and enthusiasm for engineering as she breaks down her role in a way even a 5-year-old could understand.amd-4
1.What’s the most surprising lesson you’ve learned (as a young female engineer) that wasn’t taught in the classroom? 
  • Believe in yourself and stay true to yourself. If you like beautiful things, like a presentation, report or code, just keep going! It’s an advantage.
2.How do you see the role of women in engineering evolving over the next decade, and what impact do you hope to make?
I hope that the number of women in the engineering world will increase over the next few years. Women and men have different ways of thinking, we need everyone to find the most suitable solutions. I want to prove that we belong in this business. If you follow your heart, nothing can stop you.
3.What recent project made you feel particularly proud, and what was your role in its success? 
  • This interview makes me particularly proud. I’m the only girl in the technical laboratory, and I can invite other female engineers to join us.
4.What’s the weirdest (most interesting) question you’ve ever been asked about your job? 
  • “As a nuclear engineer, can you build atomic bombs?”
5.If you had to explain your job to a 5-year-old, how would you do it? 
  • I’m building a computer game that pretends to be a special machine. And this special machine can see the small invisible particles. It’s like pretending to be a superhero who can see the invisible!
6.If you could have any superpower to help with your engineering tasks, what would it be? 
  • Have a computer in my mind to write my codes faster and get them right the first time.
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