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Our May 2020 Woman In PHCP has gained acclaim for her contributions to construction technology. Before moving into our industry, she had an extensive career in advanced machinery and equipment. Today, she helps our industry ensure that advanced technology puts people first.
Meet Tauhira Ali! Ali is the senior manager of Construction Technology at Milwaukee Tool. In the following interview, you learn more about her and her career.
PHCPPros: Why did you decide to enter a career in the plumbing, heating, cooling and piping (PHCP) industry?
Ali: Somewhat ironically, I became an engineer because of my natural inability to quickly pick up math and science. My struggle in learning these technical fundamentals, coupled with tenacious mentors, fueled my desire to master these subjects. Upon completing two engineering degrees in computationally focused Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech and Cornell University, I found myself well-suited to solve complex problems. Working as an advocate for the PHCP industry satisfies my hunger to create solutions that directly improve people’s lives while elevating their work to build the infrastructure of our communities.
PHCPPros: How did you get into the industry?
Ali: One of my first jobs involved working as a night shift supervisor at an automotive assembly plant. This experience taught me the value of learning from master craftsmen and craftswomen building advanced systems. As I moved into research and design, my focus never strayed from creating products to empower workers while optimizing safety, productivity, and efficacy. Having been a product designer for over 15 years and with Milwaukee Tool for seven years, I’m continually humbled by chance to create impactful solutions for the construction industry.
PHCPPros: Do you have women in the industry who have mentored you?
Ali: Mentorship from strong industry leaders, both women and men, has been paramount to my career. The privilege of being mentored allows me to learn crucial lessons from those who have and continue to pave the way to advance every facet of the industry. Mentorship from women leaders is especially invaluable, as it reinforces how far we have come and the challenges still ahead as we seek true equality within the industry.
PHCPPros: Do you mentor other women in the industry?
Ali: Serving as a mentor in the industry is one of the most fulfilling aspects of my career. By sharing personal struggles and perspective, mentorship allows us to raise the tide of skills and resilience of women across the industry. Mentoring current and future industry leaders is a humbling experience that demonstrates that the PHCP industry has a robust and limitless future.