In a male-dominated industry such as ours, you don’t often come across a female engineer, driver or team manager at that, but lucky for us we have a few women working in our team, including our very own data engineer extraordinaire, Romy Mayer.
You may already know of her as our tanned, surf-loving German who is often seen scurrying around the garages with ear muffs on and laptop in hand.
When she’s not plugging in to car #1 or extracting data, Romy can be found standing up in front of female high school or university students, inspiring them to pursue their engineering aspirations.
It’s one of the many ways Romy is giving back to the sport that she loves so much, and she hopes she can inspire many other girls to follow a career path like her own.
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“It’s not always easy and you need to break down the barrier of the guys seeing you as a girl, then everyone respects you,” said Romy.
“You might have an advantage on some occasions – the team can benefit from a female bringing in different approaches and looking at things from another perspective.
“You don’t need to give up your personality or identity. In the end, it doesn’t make a difference if you’re male or female, it’s about your attitude and motivation.”
Do you ever remember that daunting feeling when you were approaching your final school exams and you had no idea what you were actually going to be doing once school finished? Don’t worry, it’s happened to all of us, Romy included…
“My family don’t have a motorsport background but my dad is very technical,” Romy told motoring.com.au.
“Growing up in Stuttgart, Germany, where all the big car manufacturers are, I grew up surrounded by the car industry. But finishing high school, I wasn’t convinced I wanted to be an engineer.
“I went on to study industrial engineering. Then after the first year, I went for an internship at Daimler.
“That got me hooked.”
Working in a male-dominated industry isn’t daunting for Romy and she considers her fellow colleagues like brothers (sometimes the really annoying brothers).
“It’s not a job for me; it’s family. We travel and spend so much time together so you need to dedicate yourself to that,” Romy said.
On top of the pranks and jokes, things do get serious around here and Romy has nailed the art of switching on.
“You need to be able to work in stressful situations. Then there’s the adrenalin… You need to be able to focus and deliver,” continued Romy.
“I can see something on a diagram, then the results of my decisions and my input can be seen right away.”
When you put your heart and soul into your job and see the results immediately, it can’t get any better than that…