“The ability to solve problems and create knows no boundaries, class, race or gender. And yet, the training to be able to effectively invent and solve problems is still mostly available to those who know someone in this field. As the world needs more people with critical thinking ability, it becomes the duty of all of us in the technical fields to reach out and open doors for this next generation.” -Caecilia Gotama
Born in the volcanic mountain range in Java and raised in the jungles of Sumatra, Caecilia Gotama came to America and earned her Bachelor and Master Degrees in Mechanical Engineering from California State University, Fullerton and a Master in Business Administration from the Graziadio School at Pepperdine University. She is also an LEED accredited professional due to her passion for sustainable engineering.
She is a licensed Mechanical Engineer who is a Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers, where she served on the Board of Governors. Ms. Gotama was awarded the “Vision and Visionary” award from California State University, Fullerton, signifying her achievements as a successful business owner in the engineering field, as well as her contribution to her community.
In her professional life, she was involved in the design of facilities such as nuclear power plants, semiconductor clean rooms, research laboratories, hospitals, airports, parking structures, skid row housings, libraries, hospitals and performing arts centers.
She personally experienced how engineering design impacts everyday lives.
The world needs more engineers, and through her involvement with engineering associations and education, she realized that the engineering profession can be much more inclusive in its admittance and design approach.
Her drive to contribute to her community and her entrepreneurial nature has led her to start BRDG - Bridge to Connect, a social non-profit organization that provides a bridge program for first generation STEM college students. With the contribution of highly qualified volunteers, this program benefits these young students, as well as the people they will serve in their professional lives.