Débora Braga, a native of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, believes in the importance of higher education. She earned her bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Santa Ursula University in 1989. That same year, she was hired as a mechanical engineer by Ishikawajima do Brasil Estaleiros S.A – Ishibras in Rio de Janeiro, where she gained experience in project controls.
She continued with her education and obtained a master’s degree in materials science from the Military Institute of Engineering (IME) and a doctorate in metallurgy and materials engineering from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). In addition, in 2010 Débora obtained her “MBA in cost engineering” from the Federal University Fluminense (UFF).
She currently works as a consultant for Petrobras in metrics and productivity and is responsible to develop international best practices in cost engineering to deliver predictable and competitive cost and schedule outcomes for the company’s major capital projects. Recently, she represented Petrobras in a special study commission for the Brazilian Association of Technical Standards (ABNT). The CEE-162 study focused on development of a standard for budgeting and pricing for infrastructure projects and buildings.
Last year, Débora became a member of AACE International and is affiliated with the AACE Brazil Section. She looks forward to future participation in AACE events, including the Annual Meeting and also the International Total Cost Management Conference. She looks forward to the opportunities of networking with other total cost management professionals members and believes the interaction is important for her professional development.
She says that, “AACE International is the leading-edge professional society for project managers, schedulers, cost estimators and project control specialists.” She enjoys access to the on-line library of technical articles and webinars. She encourages members to become active in their local section, so they may take advantage of the technical training and networking opportunities. Her advice for women following in her footsteps is, “do not focus on changing the past, take hold of your future and create your own new ending."
Article by Julie Owen, CCP PSP