Dayna Herling

Sales Engineer, IBM

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Definitely pursue whatever topic you’re interested in in STEM.

What do you do?

I essentially educate, customize and sell high performance, lightning speed transaction processing, highly resilient and secure servers that run mission critical workloads for most of the top banks, insurers and Fortune 500 companies.

Why did you choose this field?

I chose to go into engineering and technology in general because I saw that there is so many different, challenging and rewarding jobs to do in this field. If your ambitious, you can make your career what you want it to be and make a difference in a big way for lots of companies and maybe even for a whole industry and I really like that.

What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?

I’m helping clients redesign their IT infrastructure currently and I wish I would’ve know this was possible sooner because I think I would’ve looked into consulting and going for an MBA sooner. What I do now is a mix of engineering and business, you don’t have to focus in one or the other and this has taught me it can be very helpful to gain experience and an education in both.

Why do you love working in STEM?

I really like improving things and solving problems and that’s exactly what working in STEM allows you to do.

Best advice for next generation?

Definitely pursue whatever topic you’re interested in in STEM but also gain experience in business and after getting a STEM degree, get an MBA. There’s a lot you can do when you have an experience in both STEM and business.

Inspo quote / fun fact / role model

“Never give up.” (But pivoting is ok and pivoting is not giving up)

NOMINATE a woman in STEM

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