Yasaman Esfandiari

Graduate Research Assistant, Iowa State University


Think, believe in your self, never give up, and never underestimate yourself.

What do you do?

I'm an enthusiastic PhD student double majored in Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science working on innovative algorithms to make Artificial Intelligence models (which are of most use nowadays) more accurate, private and robust.

Why did you choose this field?

"Artificial Intelligence is the new electricity". This sentence influenced me a lot in choosing my career. I have always been interested in coming up with breakthroughs which benefits the world the most, and I thought to myself that I have the chance to contribute to the human's most recent discovery which is at its most influential stages and each small step counts . Why not?

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

I wish the younger me would have known how many resources are available for learning and how vast the ocean of my brain is for learning.

Why do you love working in STEM?

I love working in STEM because its the area that enlightens your mind for innovations and breakthroughs. It makes your schools of thought so unique that you know that "you either find a way, or create a way".

Best advice for next generation?

Think, Believe in your self, never give up, and never underestimate yourself.

Inspo quote / fun fact / role model

"I will either find a way or make one"

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