Gracie Ermi

Poulsbo, WA, US
Field of Work 
Computer Science
 
Machine Learning, Wildlife Conservation, Climate Change
Company 
Impact Observatory
Job Title or "Student" 
Machine Learning Scientist
Education 
Western Washington University
Degree 
Computer Science
Education Level 
Masters
Profile Biography 
Hi there! My name is Gracie Ermi, and I am a computer scientist. I work on building technology platforms that just might help save our planet! My work now focuses on using satellite imagery to learn more about our planet and how it's changing over time. In the past I've worked on technology to assist scientists who are saving endangered animals like killer whales, elephants, sharks and more!
I work at Impact Observatory where I build machine learning technology - training computers to quickly analyze huge amounts of data (like satellite images of the entire globe!) so that we can use what we learn from the data to make better decisions in the face of climate change. I am super passionate about sharing my story as a way to inspire people, especially women and girls, to pursue computer science as an avenue to make a change in their communities and around the world. I didn't start learning to code until I got to college, so it's never too late to learn! I want to emphasize to everyone that coding is not magic; with practice, anyone can learn to do it. Plus, learning to code busts open a whole world of financially beneficial, socially engaging, and fun opportunities.
I have both my B.S. and M.S. in computer science from Western Washington University. In my free time, I love knitting, spending time with family and friends, cheering on Seattle sports teams, reading, and getting outside in the incredible Pacific Northwest.
Interests 
Computing, Reading, Travel, Sports, Other
Race & Ethnicity 
White
Level of Participation 
In-school visit, Online role model, Summer camp visit
My Experience 
I have been a Role Model many times.
Availability 
No Preference
Resources 
Career exploration activities, Fun demonstrations or materials, Hands-on activities for students, Online Mentoring (email or Skype)
Program Affiliation 
AAAS If/Then Ambassador
Other Interests 
Knitting, Hiking

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