2021 International Women's Day #ChooseToChallenge

The motto for the 2021 International Women's Day is #ChooseToChallenge. A challenged world is an alert world and from challenge comes change. At Exyte, women elevate their field professionally to a higher level, be it in the office or on the construction site.

Scientific and technological innovation is the pursuit of science and truth. It begins with curiosity, develops with thirst for knowledge, gets strength from effort and persistence, and transcends the shackles of culture and gender. Since the beginning of history, many women with bold innovation and pioneering spirit have achieved an insurmountable peak in the field of science and technology. Their discovery discoveries areis of great significance and is of great help to the formation of organizations, industries, and even human civilization. They are resolute and never compromise. They have always been endowed with courage comparable to extraordinary wisdom. Thanks to the continuous improvement of gender equality, women's contribution to science and technology has also been recognized.

Let's celebrate women at Exyte and their powerful impact on our company.

Interview with Judy Zhu, Architectural Manager & Project Manager

Judy Zhu

“#ChooseToChallenge will bring out the best in ourselves. It's important to challenge ourselves. As long as we challenge and pursue new objectives rather than being immersed in past success, we will learn much from the experience and  step out of our comfort zone. No matter how difficult or distressing in the begining, there's almost always some measure of joy to be extracted in the end.”

Judy Zhu strikes the IWD pose
250M safety hour celeberation ceremony
Work group on a confidential client project site

How long have you been with Exyte and what field do you work in?

I have been working for Exyte for almost 18 years since 2003. I am now the Architectural Manager in the CSA (Civil, Structural and Architectural) department. My main work is leading the team to complete client proposals, project design management, and general coordination work.


Back to the early years - what inspired you to choose this career path?

My love of art and architecture began when I was a kid, influenced by my family. My father was working for construction projects and my uncle was a professor of Architecture in university. Both of them inspired me in my choice of career. I would like to say it was largely affected by a good family influence when I was young, and I am more and more convinced that the decision was sensible and wise.


What do you consider to be the most important achievement in your career?

The most important achievement in my career life was changing the role in a very short time from an architect to a project manger looking after the whole facility’s construction work with clients and partners including global consultants and design institutes for a major semiconductor project in Shanghai.


What was the biggest challenge you have faced so far and how did you overcome it?

One of the biggest challenges is handling the relations among multiple internal and external partners. Managing the whole construction to meet the budget, schedule, and quality targets agreed with the client is also very challenging especially during the special Covid-19 period in 2020.  There is no way to avoid these challenges. The only way to overcome is by accepting them, asking questions actively, and learning with a healthy perspective. 


What advice do you have for the young women pursuing a career?

Don't be shy and ask questions;

Do more, no matter how small;

Trust yourself. If you want, you can!


Do you have any additional messages for our readers?

I want to thank all the colleagues who help me grow from a "little girl" to a real "powerful engineering lady"!