Eva Krauss has chosen a career path that will make her a minority in the field she is pursuing.
At CU Denver’s fall commencement, Krauss picked up a diploma for earning a Masters of Science in Civil Engineering.
While there are few women in the field, she already landed a job as a petroleum engineer and has moved to Houston to begin her career. Her path so far has been an unusual one.
Krauss graduated from the University of Colorado-Boulder in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology. She then developed an interest in engineering and began taking pertinent prerequisites in the fall of 2010.
“Your undergraduate degree can’t hold you back,” Krauss said. “If you find something you are interested in, then go for it. I think life is what you make it, and you have to take the initiative to get what you want.”
Finding a niche and creating a place also has been a priority for Krauss. “While there’s probably only 5 percent of women in the ranks of petroleum engineering — that didn’t scare me, I had no hesitation going in.”
Krauss plans to continue her higher education by beginning work on a PhD after about a year in the working world. “I want to be a leader in the oil and gas industry and that requires higher levels of education,” Krauss said.