Jayakody Kankanamalage Chathurangi Shyalika

Engineer - Big Data & Data Science


"Try and Fail, But Do Not Fail to Try"

What do you do?

Developer \| Data Scientist \| Researcher

Why did you choose this field?

I was uplifted and crafted by my University, General Sir John Kotelawela Defence University, Sri Lanka, to persue this field. In my final year, I did lot of self-study on Artificial Intelligence, Data Science, Machine Learning and Big Data related fields. I did several projects related and did some publications also. My sister, who is also a Software Engineer inspired me to go through this path. I'm reading for my Masters in Artificial Intelligence at University of Moratuwa. I met some academic and industry professionals after my undergraduate who identified my potential to persue this field. I was inspired by them and I kept on learning more and doing more which brought me who I am today.

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

I was awarded with the Trophy for the Best Overall Academic Performance in B.Sc.(Hons) in Information Technology at KDU. This is the most outstanding achievement I have obtained so far.

Why do you love working in STEM?

I love to learn and grow further. I love to teach others of what I have learnt, my academics, my career and my experiences. Specially, I love to be a strength for someone who eagerly trying to develop in his life.

Best advice for next generation?

"Try and Fail, But Do Not Fail to Try"

Inspo quote / fun fact / role model

"Your Dream Doesn't have an Expiration Date. Take a Deep Breath and Try Again!"

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