UiA student Kathrine Holteberg (23) recently won the student competition of the Girls and Technology project. In a self-made video she tells how she wants to improve world health through technology.
“I was incredibly happy when I won because I am really passionate about technology. I look forward to continue sharing the experience.”
That is what Kathrine Holteberg says, who is a master’s student in industrial economics and technology management at the University of Agder.
Holteberg recently won the student competition of the national project Girls and Technology. The winner of the competition wins a trip to Svalbard, with activities and programme focusing on technology.
The student competition challenged participants to address a societal problem. This year’s challenge was the following:
“Health is so many things, and there are so many things that affect our health. You are the leader of a company that develops technology that will help improve world health. What will you focus on and why?”
As the winner of the competition, Kathrine Holteberg will be involved in organising adventure days for girls at lower and upper secondary school level in Agder. The purpose is to show the possibilities that exist within science and technology.
“You don’t necessarily have to like engines, electronics or machines to study technology. Therefore, it is important that girls get female role models who can show the opportunities that exist in the tech industry”, she says.
The 23-year-old took a bachelor's degree in mechatronics and the coveted International Welding Engineer certification at UiA. Previously she worked as a temp in the process industry with aluminium production at Alcoa Lista. During holidays, Holteberg works as a mechatronics engineer for the metal manufacturer Eramet Kvinesdal.
Holteberg describes the University of Agder as an inspiring place to study technology. Here she found the inspiration to dream of becoming a leader who promotes the industry of the future to women.
“My studies have provided good insight into complex issues. I have enjoyed myself very much throughout my studies, but I see the importance of recruiting more girls into engineering. A diversity of backgrounds and professional experiences will bring a positive contribution to the labour market”, she says.
FACT BOX: The Girls and Technology project