Krista Citron, who is originally from Kentucky, graduated from Vanderbilt University with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering before coming back to UK to obtain her master’s degree in Civil Engineering with a transportation focus in 2007. She then started to work for CDPEngineers as a project engineer for over 8 years before taking up the position as a project manager engineer for Kentucky America Water last spring. Krista Citron described her experience going into an engineering field as “a coincident”. Growing up, she had always known that she wanted a job that would help her community but she didn’t know exactly what that was, until the summer before her senior year of high school, she got into the Kentucky Governor Scholar Program where she found herself feeling interested in being a female engineer after 5 weeks of “…learning about engineering and what to expect from this field”. Krista Citron has been actively involved in undergraduate research and mentorships through which she has helped students get their questions answered about college life and has motivated more female undergrads to pursue STEM majors within her college. She was aware of the gender gap in STEM during her high school that she chose to attend Vanderbilt University as it had the highest percentage of women in engineering in the country during the time that she was applying for college. She has been passionate about encouraging more female students to be involved in STEM ever since and she believes that the involvement of women in engineering strongly contributes to its success, “STEM is a profession that definitely needs a lot more women in it. Women bring a certain skillset to the table that is lacking if it’s all men”. Krista Citron is currently working as a project manager engineer for Kentucky American Water where she continues to strike for diversity and inclusion in the workplace as well as helping more and more female students to enroll in STEM with the support from her company, American Water. We wish her the best!