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Meneka Karehalli has always been intrigued by what humans are able to invent to improve life. Currently, her journey at SKF is taking her across the world, from Germany to Sweden and Australia.
Originating from a family deeply passionate about aviation, Meneka Karehalli´s fascination for technology and engineering developed at an early age. Her journey at SKF has provided her with invaluable experience in diverse domains, including product development and innovation.
Titel: Project Manager engineer
Education (skola och examensår): Graduated 2022 with a degree in Production
Engineering and Management from the University of Bremen, Germany.
What do you prefer to do on a day off? I like a mix of rest and relaxation as well as a small challenge. For instance, this could mean sleeping in and then trying out a new sport, spending time with my family and friends or finding time to work on my language skills.
– I did my internship at a factory that makes gearboxes in Bremen, Germany. It was interesting and I interacted with machine elements from SKF every day. In 2022 I applied to SKF’s global graduate program in manufacturing development. I completed my first rotation in Germany, followed by Sweden, and my final rotation is in Australia. I initially started as a project manager, but now I work in the field of innovation, which I thoroughly enjoy.
– My whole family are aviation enthusiasts, and I have always been fascinated by how machines and technology works and how raw material is turned into products. It’s like a technical Cinderella story to witness a material turn into something completely different and functional. This fascination is why I started studying production engineering in the first place.
“The key to empowering women in these fields begins with education.”
– One of the many reasons is its global presence in 129 countries. There are numerous opportunities for both career and personal development worldwide. For instance, I have visited a SKF site in Bangalore and it was fascinating to see that despite the geographical distance, the SKF spirit remained consistent even in India. Additionally, I appreciate the level of responsibility entrusted to me within my field. I have the chance to collaborate with external partners and design and conduct workshops that drive innovation.
– SKF offers great opportunities for me and my female colleagues to learn and advance in our careers. Progress is constant. An example of this is our global graduate group, comprising individuals selected from all around the world. For the first time, we have 6 women and 5 men so the women are in majority.
– Traditionally, men have dominated the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), but the narrative is evolving. Women are equally capable as men but often hold themselves back. I believe that empowering women in these fields begins early on, with education. Encouraging girls to be confident in handling science and math is crucial. Leadership is another critical aspect. SKF has several outstanding female minds and leaders, and I firmly believe that’s an ongoing trend, both at SKF and in these industries in general.