Women in STEM: Pursuit of a Light Bulb Moment
As a young woman of petite stature —with a hobby list that does not include video games or assembling computers for fun— I do not fit the stereotypical mold of a Computer Science major. I was fairly immune to the fact that my chosen education path and career were in a predominantly male-dominated field; for me, this was not a barrier but, rather, a motivator. I wanted to prove to myself that I could be successful in the field I chose and that any success achieved was based on merit and hard work. My family as well as my Robotics coach and mentors, were my role models and biggest advocates, ultimately helping me decide to pursue a major in Computer Science at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI).
My goal was to excel in collegiate academics, but then what? Meeting a high academic bar was a broad and general measure of accomplishment but how would getting A’s help me figure out what I wanted my career to look like? From WPI’s unique, interdisciplinary, project-based curriculum
In May 2019, after five years at WPI and armed with a BS and MS in Computer Science, I embarked on the journey to find my first full-time job. I knew I wanted to find a company that would allow me to use and develop my technical skills while also contributing to an industry that truly makes people’s lives better. While there were other opportunities, Olympus provided the perfect platform to combine these passions. Beginning as a software engineer, I focused on exploring innovative, AI-enabled solutions for the Surgical Integration business. I was motivated by the idea that these solutions had the potential to make a positive impact in improving workflow efficiency, reducing clinician frustration, and enabling a more automatic process to capture medical videos, images, and data. Surrounded by a hard-working, values-centric community, I am excited to play a role in a company that makes significant, daily contributions to the medical industry.
Technology is evolving at the speed of light. Computer science is the