Evi comes from a simple family in Madiun, East Java. She is the eldest of a member of the Police Force and a housewife. Prior to attending Sampoerna Academy, Evi already had an interest in physics. Since year eight, Evi took part in a Physics Olympiad and won a number of competitions on a city and provincial level.
Evi has long had an interest in airplanes, which is why after graduating from Sampoerna Academy in Malang she pursued her interest by majoring in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Minnesota. Choosing this ﬁeld was her ﬁrst step in understanding how a plane operates through its design structure, ﬂight control and avionic system.
In her campus, Evi describes that this major has approximately 80 students, only nine of which are women. However this did not deter her to fulﬁll her dreams. Every summer, Evy returns to Indonesia to intern at local companies. This internship is part of a program of Putera Sampoerna Foundation to prepare students not only academically, but also to enable them to implement the knowledge they learned on a practical level in their work environment.
In 2015, Evi interned in PT Dirgantara Indonesia, and became one of the planners at the Manufacturing Planning Test and Assembly Division. Evi talks about her job to develop a process of production for assembly and ﬁxed wing aircraft test ﬂights for CN235, NC212 and N219. This job is in line with Evi’s ﬁeld because the manufacturing process that was carried out was for aircraft manufacturing. Evi was already quite familiar with engineering drawing that she learned in university -- this minimized challenges she had during her internship.
In Evi’s opinion, a leader should have the characteristic of ‘inclusiveness’. A leader who shows inclusiveness indicates that they have the ability to accept other people’s opinion particularly from their followers. An ‘inclusive’ leader can show their attentiveness when they are in a group by inviting those who feel neglected in the group to join. By being an ‘inclusive’ leader, when the time comes to make a decision, a good leader will listen to the opinion of all the members without hurting feelings when rejecting suggestions.
Evi is a fan of Harper Lee’s book, “To Kill A Mockingbird”. Indonesia’s President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) is her favorite public ﬁgure because he was successful in making many changes in Indonesia. SBY’s image inspires Evi to become a leader of change in Indonesia particularly in the ﬁeld of air transportation.