Maja Hadziselimovic

Mechatronics and research engineer, MRK-Systeme GmbH, German Bionics Systems GmbH

And - IT Girls Project Officer, United Nations Development Programme

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If you want it, go and get it.

What do you do?

I'm a robotics engineer with a demonstrated history of working in the automotive industry. Skilled in developing human-robot applications, programming KUKA & UR robots, research and development of the first industrial exoskeleton, participating in several EU funded research projects. Actively sharing robotics & automation experience and motivating young people, especially girls, to take up robotics and IT. I'm serving as the national coordinator for European Robotics Week in Bosnia and Herzegovina, responsible for organizing events and promoting institutions and companies focused on robotics, which are trying to bring the STEM and robotics research to the public, and board member
of euRobotics. I'm a member of the IT Girls team, a joint initiative of UNDP, UNICEF, and UN Women, which aims to increase the number of girls and women with digital skills in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Why did you choose this field?

In the third year of college, I discovered robotics as a subject and became interested in further enhanced education in that direction. Since I was young, I loved watching futuristic movies with robots with my dad, Transformers and similar, so robots have always been fascinating to me. Many members of my family also do some kind of engineering, so I had the opportunity to get to know their occupations as I grew up. The fact that it is entirely unrepresented and unpopular in my homeland was the motivation no longer to give up that desire.

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

1. Travelling around the world and programming robots.
2. Educating young girls about robotics and STEM.

Why do you love working in STEM?

I look forward to the new projects, new inventions, challenges, and problems. Every day in STEM is different, and learning never ends.

Best advice for next generation?

If you want it, go and get it. Do not let others' prejudice stay between you and your dreams.

Inspo quote / fun fact / role model

“Whatever you do, don't forget to smile.”

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