Lead solutions architect, Data Scientist at IBM Research
Go for it! A career in STEM would open many doors for you and you won't regret it.
WHAT DO YOU DO?
I am machine learning/deep learning expert and a software engineer working in developing models for remote monitoring of patients.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS FIELD?
I have a father who is scientist (biologist) and an aunt who is a software engineer. I got inspired by both at an early age. I decided I wanted to be a software engineer like my aunt. After graduating from my software engineering degree, I worked as a software engineer in industry for several years before deciding to go back to the university to pursue research higher degrees and contribute to science. I got my master's in computer science working on bioinformatics, being inspired by the use of technology to advance biological discoveries, and I'm currently working towards my PhD in machine/deep learning for remote monitoring patients, while working in the same area at IBM research.
WHAT DO YOU LOOK AT & THINK, "I WISH YOUNGER ME WOULD HAVE KNOWN THIS WAS POSSIBLE?"
I have ran and delivered large multi-national projects successfully from start to end with various stakeholders and technologies involved. I wish I could tell that to the younger me, precisely a first year software engineering student, who didn't have much experience with computers and did not have a lot of self-confidence in the field.
WHY DO YOU LOVE WORKING IN STEM?
I get to learn every day! There is always something new and you can never get bored or learn everything there is to learn. I have literally never stopped being a student in STEM.
BEST ADVICE FOR NEXT GENERATION?
Go for it! A career in STEM would open many doors for you and you won't regret it. Jobs of the future will be based on STEM knowledge and training. There are many successful women in STEM, as featured in this campaign. You can have a successful career in STEM as well as a raising a happy family, if that's what you want, as many others before you have done. It's hard work, but it's definitely possible and rewarding.
INSPO / FUN FACT
A successful person is one who can lay a firm foundation from the bricks others have thrown at them.