What do you do?
I develop artificial intelligence algorithms for smart and secure inference on the edge. I have worked extensively on annonymized machine vision.
Why did you choose this field?
I was undecided about my field for the longest time. I was interested in exploring as many subjects as I could to figure out what I would enjoy doing the rest of my life.
In undergrad I explored both hardware and software and I still could not decide. I started working on a lot of Robotics projects and that is when I felt like a complete engineer. I could see my efforts translate to real world applications which tied together my hardware, software and signal processing skills together. I soon realized it was not about choosing one field over another, it was about exploring everything you love. Everything comes together when you start working as an engineer. It gave me better perspective about the problem and what the solution needed to be.
My learning never stops, after I completed my Masters in Computer engineering, where I specialized in AI, I continued to take online classes on Coursera. For an engineer, what is current is what is relevant. I choose to be a Deep Learning scientist because I felt like I could make impossible things happen. I could be responsible about the good we choose to do in this world and make everyone's life better and safe.
What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?
I have filed 5 patents around annonymized machine vision.
Why do you love working in STEM?
STEM discipline is always evolving into new and exciting innovations. It changes and challenges our knowledge and understanding every single day. I look forward to learn and innovate everyday.
Best advice for next generation?
It’s never too late to learn and change.
Inspo quote / fun fact / role model
“The size of your dreams must always exceed your current capacity to achieve them. If your dreams don't scare you, they aren't big enough.” - Ellen Johnson Sirleaf