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Ananya Roy

Risk and Financial Analyst

Deloitte

And - Software Developer

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Don’t ask yourself, “What do you like?” Ask yourself, “What would you change if you could?”

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WHAT DO YOU DO?

I’m a cyber security professional experienced in computer security incident management, building security use cases to combat cyber attacks and prevent data breaches. I’m skilled at managing security devices along with enabling orchestration and automation of security operations.

My job at Deloitte involves innovating newer and better approaches to Machine Learning algorithms for various client facing applications.

I was also an Impact Lead on various Deloitte Social Initiatives, having organized and participated in several fun activities including holding programming seminars for university students and cyber security officers.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS FIELD?

I have always enjoyed investigating innovation with a focus on developing newer and better approaches using big data and machine learning solutions. I like to stay up to date with the latest data science, machine learning, business statistics, algorithms and data mining practices.

My ultimate mission is to leverage data science and machine learning to perform tasks that humans can’t or won’t. Tasks such as recycling, or collecting plastic from the ocean. In the latter, it should be possible to perform these tasks using only fuel sources available to a boat on the open seas. But that’s not all! The way a skilled doctor can diagnose issues with muscles or bones from observing you walk, or a neurological disorder from watching you sign your name, I believe algorithms can be written to do the same. To these ends, I also intend to learn about machine perception and motion planning.

HOW DO/DID YOU TACKLE OBSTACLES?

While working with Deloitte US advisory, I have had to working on different AI domains like NLP, Deep Learning etc. and implementing various ML algos like Random Forest, XGBOOST etc. to solve business problems for clients. This has been quite challenging because it's a new field with updates happening every second and building your knowledge in this field is quite a challenge. I tried to tackle this by working in the energy sector across diverse cross-functional teams to optimize instrument selection for Oil & Gas clients. I am highly passionate about my work and enthusiastic about taking new challenges above and beyond my job description.

WHAT DO YOU LOOK AT & THINK, "I WISH YOUNGER ME WOULD HAVE KNOWN THIS WAS POSSIBLE?"

I wish I could tell my younger self that it is okay to be different. Even if the road looks unclear, there is a purpose that will come out of it. We may not see what that purpose is then. Not to mention, we may not even see the purpose later down the road.

WHY DO YOU LOVE WORKING IN STEM?

With so many different potential jobs to pursue, a STEM degree can give you the hard skills you need to get hired, plus the flexibility to adapt and pursue what matters to you most. From becoming a surgeon for Doctors Without Borders to designing greener cars to coding sleek and functional new apps, the sky's the limit.

BEST ADVICE FOR NEXT GENERATION?

Find a passion you truly enjoy.

Don’t ask yourself, “What do you like?” Ask yourself, “What would you change if you could?”

Listen to your gut. As you grow up, everyone will have an opinion about you and your life decisions. Know that you cannot please everyone, despite how much you may want to.

INSPIRATION

Mayim Balik, the actress playing Amy from the Big Bang Theory has always inspired me. She has a Ph.D. in neuroscience from UCLA and has taught for several years. Her love for science came very late as she always thought it was for boys. However, throughout studying her Ph.D. she wrote a piece about the science of hormones between a mother and her baby. She has given public lectures about the importance of investing in STEM careers and research.