My name is Andressa Lodi de Brito. I was born and raised in São Paulo, which is the reference city for business in Brazil. I graduated at Federal University of ABC (UFABC) in Bachelor of Science and Technology (2011) and Energy Engineering (2013). Also, I got my Master’s Degree in Energy in 2016, and now, at the age of 24 years old, I have started the Doctor’s Degree in Energy, at the same university.
During my graduation, I have done two undergraduate researches, in the field of renewable energy and cogeneration. I have studied a gasification model for biomass, in order to generate electricity and steam for a sugarcane power plant, using sugarcane bagasse and straw, which are agroindustrial wastes of the ethanol production process.
In 2013, I worked as an intern in Reliability Engineering at Braskem, an international petrochemical industry located in Santo André, at the biggest industrial hub of the Metropolitan region of the State of São Paulo. In my internship, I learned a lot about the electric field, working with power system protection at substations.
I joined IEEE in 2010, at the beginning of my graduation. Since then, I improved my networking with people of my research field, and learned more about the importance of being an active member.
In 2014, I was the vice-Chair of PES Student Chapter of UFABC Student Branch, and in 2015 I became the Chair of PES UFABC Chapter, when I also joined WiP (Women in Power). The experience working with PES and Woman in Power have helped me to improve my personal and professional skills.
I had the opportunity to represent my university at the 2014 IEEE PES Transmission and Distribution Conference and Exposition of Latin America, that was held in Medellin, Colombia. At this conference, I met students of Region 9 and we had a very productive meeting with the board of PES Directors. I also met some girls that are WiP members, and we started working together in ideas for promoting woman in engineer and in power.
Nowadays, as a graduate member, I am the Chair of UFABC Student Branch, and also secretary of PES Chapter of South Brazil Section. I intent to continue my work as an IEEE volunteer for the next year at PES and WiP.
I really recommend people to become a PES Volunteer because it changes your way of dealing with challenges and experiences in life, weather if it’s in your work, or even in the personal areas. PES and WiP will provide you networking experience, technical activities, leadership skills and a lot more.
So, I invite you to join PES and WiP as I did, and improve your career.