How/why did you get into a STEM field? I wasn't born in North America, so I was never told growing up that women "are not good at math". So I was good at math and all the science disciplines. My father was an engineer, my aunts and uncles were engineers, most of my cousins are engineers, so my sister and I became engineers. You have to keep family traditions alive!
STEM fields often change – or disrupt – the way we do things. Can you say how your field or what you do has an influence on advancing the industry? Medialpha Laboratories is a mix of service and software company. We have automated a currently manual process which disrupts the established business model of the industry. I am very proud of our achievements and we are hoping to impose a new standard of doing diagnostic tests at people's homes.
Have you encountered challenges being in a traditionally male dominated industry/field, and how did you overcome it, or go about it? Of course, I am one of very rare female computer engineers to have used my official OIQ stamp. At first, I always have to prove my worth when I meet new men in the industry. This being said, I find most men are happy to be working with women in the tech world, I never had problems in a team environment.
Words of advice or encouragement? If you like it, you will make it.
Anything else you would like to add? I believe that there are too many stereotypes about men and women, which forces people to choose a profession for life. Don't be afraid to choose your own path, times are changing and trends follow.