Asia Pacific is emerging as the engine of global economic growth. The region is not only a major driver of global energy demand, but also a hub of the skills and capabilities that can transform our energy future.

In India, exporting these skills and capabilities has been identified as a core strategy by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

A powerhouse of STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) talent, India’s scientists and engineers are helping to solve a wide range of global technological challenges.

For young women like Jisha Bhattacharjee—a chemical engineer and hydrogen strategist based in Bengaluru, India—her skills are being used to improve the future of energy, not just in Asia but also the U.S.

She says that her curiosity about how people’s lives are powered drove her to join the field of energy. She chose a career with ExxonMobil, as the company allowed her to work across nearly every aspect of the sector, from finding out where energy comes from and how it is produced, to how it is best used.

ExxonMobil is utilizing these skills and passions to drive a new global energy future, accelerating lower-carbon fuels like hydrogen and emission-reduction technologies such as carbon capture and storage, in part, through its Low Carbon Solutions (LCS) business.

But Jisha is not merely making a difference to the future of energy. As the youngest woman elected to the senate of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), she is also making a difference for female engineers globally.

An international not-for-profit founded in 1950, SWE advocates for women in engineering and technology. ExxonMobil has been a sponsor of SWE for nearly two decades. 

Being at the forefront of an organization empowering women to succeed in STEM careers, and working for a company that is supporting this goal, is enabling Jisha to set an example for other women interested in engineering.

Jisha explains what attracted her to join the STEM field, her work at ExxonMobil’s LCS division, and why other young women should consider a career in science and energy.


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