Computer Scientists & Engineers

FabFems in Computer Science and Engineering represent a variety of traditional and non-traditional careers. Some of them are currently pursuing degrees, others are new to their field, and many are experienced professionals. They have access to resources and have many stories to share about their experiences. They just may have the answers to YOUR questions about a future in computer science and engineering!
Hiral Shah, Software Engineer at Apple, Sunnyvale, CA: "I joined Apple in the iOS wireless group to take up the challenge of bringing millions of people closer via mobile communication."
 
Larissa Rodriguez, Student at Washington State University, Richland, WA: "I decided to pursue my bachelor's in Computer Science. It's not easy (we have two little kids), but I know I'll be glad to have that degree in my hand."
 
Kate Fisher, Community Manager at the UW Center for Game Science: "I work at UW's Center for Game Science which produces video games focused on education and scientific discovery. I come from a background in media production and gaming."
 
Donna Resse, Head of Computer Science & Engineering at Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS: "My interests include recruitment and retention of women and underrepresented minorities within computing and engineering."
 
Sarah Lee, Director in the Computer Science & Engineering Department at Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS: "I have worked for twenty years in industry, holding a variety of technical and managerial positions in information technology."
   
Anna Gladstone, Software developer for Angle, LLC, Eugene, OR: "I kept running into Computer Science and liking it."
   
Millie Tadewaldt, CEO of CakeStyle, San Francisco, CA: "Before founding an online personal styling company, I was a Managing Director for a unique venture capital investment model that created technology startups."
   
Heavenly Goodrum, Student at Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN: "I love what I am doing in terms of my majors. I am double majoring in Computer Engineering Technology and Information Technology."
   
Barbara Shaurette, Data Consultant for the Texas Tribune, Austin, TX: "I'm an open source veteran, with almost 15 years of experience as a professional developer. I also volunteer through organizations like PyLadies and Code Scouts."
   
Karin Remington, Chief Technology & Science Officer at Arjuna Solutions, Germantown, MD: "I work at a start-up company based on proprietary technology and software for business analytics.”
   
Chelsea Rath, Graduate Student at Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN: "Starting in art, and then math, I finally realized I was having a lot of fun and doing really well in Computer Science ….one of my courses eventually led me to my current job developing smartphone applications.”
   
Katie Doran, Program Manager at Microsoft, Seattle, WA: "Much of my work has focused around education and gaming - everything from making games to promote exercise to teaching others how to make games and coordinating events for playing games."
   
Rinki Jain, Business Analyst at Nissan North America, Brentwood, TN: “I am an IT professional with 20+ years of experience. I support Nissan’s systems for consumer relationship management. I have two sweet kids.”
  Claudia Galvan, Director of Product Management at YouSendIt, San Jose, CA: “At a career fair a computer programmer explained to me what it was like working with computers and I was sold. Despite the fact that math was not my strongest subject, I succeeded, graduating first in my class.” 
  Rachel Patel, Web Developer & New Media Producer, Cleveland, OH: “I am the founder and executive director for HER Ideas in Motion, a mentorship program for girls in technology and media arts.”
  Barbara Ericson, Director of Computing Outreach at Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA: “I am a senior research scientist at Georgia Tech and I am the Director of Outreach for the College of Computing. It is my job to increase the quantity and quality of computing teachers and the quantity and diversity of computing students.
  Kim Wilkens, Founder of Tech-Girls, Charlottesville, VA: “If we don't get more diverse participation in technology, then we miss out on innovations that are relevant and usable by a wider range of people. I am working to create a non-profit with a mission to empower girls to imagine new futures for themselves in the field of CS.”
  Nayda Santiago, Assistant Professor at University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez, PR: “My areas of research include use of novel architectures for hyperspectral image analysis and low power software design. I teach Computer Architecture and Capstone in Computer Engineering.”
  Kiki Prottsman, Executive Director of Thinkersmith, Eugene, OR: “Computer science chose me. I've been involved in it since I was a young girl and my taste for it only grew as it became obvious that women are considered a minority in the industry.”
  Cheryl Platz, Senior User Experience Designer at Microsoft, Redmond, WA: “Ever since I was little, I've been equally inspired by artistic and technical pursuits. I'd fall asleep with a VCR manual surrounded by crayons and drawings.”
  Ruta Sevo, Consultant at Momox, Fairfax, VA: “I have had five careers. I became a librarian when computers were just being introduced. At that time, there were very few people with degrees in computer science. I absolutely loved programming, systems analysis, and systems planning, because you could do powerful things that helped a lot of people.”
  Katie Siek, Assistant Professor of Computer Science at University of Colorado, Boulder, CO: “I always knew I wanted to go to college, but was unsure about how I could afford it since I would be the first person in my family to go to college.”
  Lisa Kovalchick, Associate Professor at California University of Pennsylvania, California, PA: “There is never a dull moment in my career at Cal U; when teaching computing, you always need to stay up-to-date with the latest technology.”

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