What is your current Job Title or Role?
Data Scientist
What advice would you have for young women who are interested in a STEM career or job?
Earn your technical chops. The easiest way people will try and cut you down is to say you aren't skilled enough. Hone your skills and be the subject matter expert. Nothing boosts your confidence like knowing what you're talking about.
How did you get to where you are today?
Growing up I always loved computers, more specifically the internet. I have always had a love of pop culture and seeing all the ways machine learning has impacted our daily lives (social media algorithms and facial recognition) has made me passionate about my work.
What do you do on a daily basis in your work?
I spend my time learning about big datasets. Whether it's marketing campaign data or sensors from drones, I work on cleaning big datasets, analyzing them, and building machine learning models.
Who or what inspired you to get into STEM?
I had a lot of people tell me I couldn't do it. After switching majors a few times in my undergraduate degree I settled on Computer Science. I struggled through 2 years of the program and was discouraged by professors who told me "If it doesn't come naturally you probably shouldn't be doing this". This lit a fire in me to succeed. Turns out my technical strength comes from my analysis skills and I had less interest in building products and more interest in building machine learning algorithms.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
I get to have a lot of impact about what machine learning techniques. I get to read a lot of papers about new techniques and I appreciate the iterating aspect of model building just getting to try things to see if they work.
What do you like to do outside work?
I love to watch, play, and talk about hockey on the Offensive Zone podcast. I love high quality TV like Insecure, Bob's Burgers, and Cutthroat Kitchen. I love to cook and play video games in my spare time.