"It's a challenge, but I really want to start and learn"

Born in Reus 24 years ago, Berta Taixés is a member of one of the generations called to change the state of things in the chemical industry. That generation that has the concepts 'sustainability' and 'future' in its DNA. Taixés, a graduate in Chemical Engineering from the University of Barcelona and a Master's degree from the Rovira i Virgili University, is the brand new winner of the Premis Dow 2022.

How do you feel after receiving this distinction?

First, I am very grateful to both the Universitat Rovira i Virgili and Dow, but above all I feel highly valued.

What does this award represent for you?

Above all, it is an opportunity to be able to enter the world of work in companies that have a lot of weight in the Tarragona industrial complex. I enter the position of improvement engineer in the Dow hydrocarbons unit. It's a challenge, but at the same time I'm really looking forward to it. There will be new things to learn. Working with people with different roles, in the plant and with the experts, is another source of information.

How was the selection process for the awards?

We did an interview with a jury and Dow experts. They asked us questions of a general nature about the company, not only at a scientific level, but also in terms of 'soft skills', that is, how you develop as a person at work. We spent two days with these tests.

'She hatched'. He finishes his master's degree at the URV and enters the world of work.

Yes. Leaving the nest is another challenge before me. But even so, working with colleagues at Dow, you lose your fear and the only thing left is the motivation to continue with all the open projects.

How has the university influenced your training in the chemical sector?

The master's degree in Chemical Engineering at the URV is very focused on the industrial world, which is something that has always interested me personally. They are theory classes, but it is especially interesting to be able to see what the application of it is. From the URV there is a lot of relationship with companies in the sector, and in this case, with Dow and its awards. They were the ones who encouraged me to introduce myself. And here I am.

Where would you like to face your professional future?

in hydrocarbons. It is a field that fascinates me. Although before I have to learn to lead groups of people within the operation of hydrocarbon production plants. I also want to improve and innovate in technologies to be able to operate these plants more sustainably.

There are more and more women in the world of science.

Yes, in the entire field of STEM education (English acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). My generation is one of the first in which the percentage of women in engineering classes has increased compared to ten years ago. There is much more equity. Little by little that barrier is breaking down to make way for those women who want to dedicate themselves to this.

Is this trend also observed beyond the classroom?

This is precisely one of the first surprises I got when I started working at Dow. I saw many women. And they were in all kinds of positions, from plant workers to positions of great responsibility. It is something that I really liked. There is hope of being able to propose anything, since that barrier does not exist.

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