Mirjeta Pasha

Postdoc at Arizona State University, Arizona

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If it is your passion, make it happen.

What do you do?

My current job is the best position that is preparing me for my dream job. I teach students at ASU and I do research, and I mentor undergraduate and graduate students. My research is focused in inverse problems. For example, medical imaging is an application. For blurry and noisy (not very clear) images produced by machines, I develop and analyze algorithms to reconstruct a better image that doctors, specialists, or people who are interested can look at.

Why did you choose this field?

I have been very good at math since when I was a child. In high school I enjoyed explaining math to others. When I was in college, I discovered my passion to teach mathematics. When I was in graduate school I discovered my passion for research. So, step by step, I discovered the path for my future career.

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

I wish I knew how many opportunities there are offered from the Universities in the USA. I would have applied earlier and I would have been in a better standing than now.

Why do you love working in STEM?

I love to inspire, motivate, and support people. I wake up every morning happy to start teaching my students or working on my research projects.

Best advice for next generation?

If it is your passion, make it happen. Every career path has difficulties, but we as women can do it! We have passion, talent, dedication, and inner force - all that is needed!

Inspo quote / fun fact / role model

"Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world." - Nelson Mandela

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