What do you do?
Microprocessor security. I make connections across threats, protection needs, hardware, and software to secure upcoming technologies. My current focus is on the deep layers of security, but it all starts with making sense of the world around us. We can’t protect one piece in isolation, security requires connecting the dots across the entire ecosystem.
Why did you choose this field?
I started out as a mechanical engineer in medical devices because of the social and human impact. Since then, I've been able to work on personal computers, supercomputers, and now cybersecurity. Taking on various engineering roles in different product contexts increased my empathy and resilience. When I think about the current environment with COVID, our ability to provide the trusted computing foundation is key...that's my current focus: microprocessor security.
What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?
There are many paths to success. I wish I knew that I will be able to create a unique path for myself.
Why do you love working in STEM?
My current goal is to continue to raise trust in computers and technology, and that this mission has never been more important. When I think about the current environment with COVID, our ability to provide the trusted computing foundation is key. If you look at the institutions that we trust every day, the research around discovering vaccines, or the computers that enable people to do their day-to-day work, microprocessors are at the cornerstone. That cornerstone has to be trusted and secure.
Best advice for next generation?
You have what it takes. You have unique skills that no one else has. Believe in your ability to solve complex problems. When things get tough, hone in on your superpowers (hint: we all have them). Knowing your value is important!
Inspo quote / fun fact / role model
“Whether You Think You Can, or Think You Can't ... You're Right”~ Henry Ford