Rosie Carrion, Mechanical Engineer at Abbott, realized that she wanted to pursue a career in STEM when she was just a teenager. As a young girl, she was constantly tutored by her father, a packaging engineer, who not only took his daughter to his work, but would explain the structure of buildings and how everyday things functioned. “My dad, he would walk into a room and understand why things were the way they were. He would point things out and explain how things worked. I wanted that same perspective on life,” Rosie said. While she was educated early in the mechanics of ceiling trusses and doorframes, perhaps her most valuable lesson would come years later when she learned that her own presence in a room was just as important as the structure that supported it. During high school Rosie had the opportunity to begin an internship with Abbott. She started off, shy and timid, but determined to make the most out of her experience. Fortunately, one of her future mentors, Corlis Murray, Senior Vice President, Quality, Regulatory and Engineering Services, noticed Rosie and called her out. She encouraged Rosie to be more confident in herself and her abilities, and to fill up the room with her presence.