Alicia Young Phillips
Alicia graduated from STA in 1990. She works as the lead lighting design engineer for Target.
What’s your advice for young women interested in a STEAM-related career?
Don't be afraid of the road less traveled. Also, your vision, creativity and genius won't always be enough. Choose mentors and ask for help along the way.
Who inspired you most in your choice of a STEAM career?
My mother recognized a curiosity in me for the way things work. She noticed my propensity for detail and my creativity. A retired teacher, she knew I enjoyed learning and exploring so she exposed me to a career club, camps and introduced me to her friends that worked in science. Through those interactions and experiences I knew engineering was for me.
What part of your job do you enjoy most?
One of the things I enjoy about my job is being able to influence the way a space looks, feels and is experienced based on how much, where and what the lighting looks like.