Diganta Jena

Senior Research Engineer, Centre for Development of Telematics

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Women pursuing a career in STEM need to believe they are no less intelligent than the men in this field.

WHAT DO YOU DO?

My company is an autonomous Research and Development body under the Ministry of Telecommunications, India. I actively work in WiFi technology to build towards Digital Connectivity of my country.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS FIELD?

I come from a family of Professors and fortunately I performed very well in my education. I liked Science and Technology, and thus chose to pursue B.Tech in Computer Science(which was one of my favorite subjects). I believe my artistic nature(I love sketching), mixed with creativity and innovative aptitude assisted me in the field of Computer Science to solve problems in a creative & logical way. I am quite competitive and have ranked first in my education mostly apart from extra-curricular competitions.

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

I had never imagined that I would be presenting an IEEE paper abroad and owning my own apartment by the age of 25! Juggling everything(work and personal life) is actually what the younger me would have been really scared of.

WHY DO YOU LOVE WORKING IN STEM?

Solving problems and learning new things is something I look forward to.

BEST ADVICE FOR NEXT GENERATION?

Women pursuing a career in STEM need to believe they are no less intelligent than the men in this field. All my life I have been competing with my peers(mostly men) and sometimes we may be ridiculed or tried to be brought down by the male ego. You may end up hurting that fragile male ego if you prove your intelligence, but never fear to showcase your talent. Let nothing dampen your passion and love for STEM!

INSPO / FUN FACT

"I can, I will, I must"
"Knowledge is Power"

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