Claudia Galvan

San Jose, CA, US
Field of Work 
Computer Science
Society of Women Engineers - Santa Clara Chapter
Job Title or "Student" 
Universidad Anahuac
Masters in Program and Program Mgt
Education Level 
Profile Biography 
Claudia Galván is a Technical Advisor to Startups in Silicon Valley looking to expand internationally. Formerly she was Director of Product Manager at Hightail (formerly YouSendit) leading overall product internationalization into 15 markets. At Microsoft, Claudia spent almost 6 years, leading the international versions of some of Microsoft Online Services including Hotmail, Bing and MSN among others in up to 48 languages and 160+ markets. At Adobe, she held senior engineering roles setting the product globalization strategy and developing Globalization and Electronic Software Delivery technologies used in all Adobe products. For a couple of years at Oracle, she was the National Language Support manager for the Tools Division where she drove early versions of Unicode into the Oracle Tools products and achieved simultaneous release for the first time. She has a Master's degree in Program and Project Management from Golden Gate University and a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Anahuac University in Mexico City. She was the 2008 recipient of the Global Product Development Leadership award and the 2009 recipient of the Microsoft Women Empowerment award. She is President at the Society of Women Engineers chapter in Silicon Valley, board member at Notre Dame High School in San Jose driving STEM initiatives and a doctoral student in education, researching strategies for increasing the pipeline of Women in Engineering. As a young girl Claudia enjoyed playing with Legos and reading Science Fiction. She wanted to be an astronaut but had short vision. At a Career Fair a computer programmer explained what was like working with computers and she was sold. Despite the fact that math was not her strongest subject, she succeeded, graduating first in her class. As one of the few women in engineering, she has spent the last 10 years volunteering at several organizations supporting STEM. She is currently a Doctoral student in Education researching strategies to increase the pipeline of women in engineering.

Computing, Poetry, Reading, Travel
Race & Ethnicity 
Hispanic or Latino
Level of Participation 
After-school visit, Field trip participation, In-school visit, Job shadow, Online role model, Summer camp visit
My Experience 
I have been a Role Model many times.
Career exploration activities, Field trip hosting, Fun demonstrations or materials, Hands-on activities for students, Identifying other role models
Program Affiliation 
Girl Scouts, Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

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