My name is Adrian Lievano. I’m 26 years old and a graduate with my Master’s and Bachelors from the University of Pennsylvania in 2015. After graduating, I raised angel-money and ran a startup based out of Kenya for nearly 2.5 years. I decided to step away from the experience to move away from Kenya and reenter the tech-industry, driving to San Francisco from Miami in four days with my brother and dog. Once I arrived, I accepted an offer to work at a biotechnology company as a research bioengineer.
The technology industry has made many advancements to improve diversity in its ranks, but women still remain underrepresented in tech. Despite the fact that women account for around 59% of the total workforce in the US, only 20% are in tech roles at major tech companies. If you include non-tech roles at major tech organizations, such as Marketing and HR, this number increases to 30%.
The statistics are similar when one looks at it from a global perspective. According to Michael Krigsman, an Industry Analyst, “13% of the global Fortune 500 were women, and that’s not just Chief of Information Security Officers (CISOs). That’s CISOs, CIOs, and senior executives such as a VP in the technology arena. It’s still a very, very small amount that equates to about 65 companies out of the 500,” said Krigsman. The question of diversity is no longer limited to election campaigns and political protests but is also on boardroom agendas across the country.
There is no doubt about the sacrifices that women make as daughters, wives, mothers and in every role that they take up. Many times, this means sacrificing their career. So when Yamini had to choose between taking care of her son and a growing career, her obvious choice was her son.
Here’s her story of bouncing back from a sabbatical of around 11 years in her own words.
In order to understand the industry uptake of this emerging technology, we connected with some of our alumni of the Intro to Machine Learning with PyTorch Nanodegree program. Here’s what they said about the impact of the Nanodegree program on their lives.
“Today I work as a machine learning engineer, it’s like a dream come true,” chuckles the very excited Omkar Sahasrabudhe. Omkar moved from being an intern to a Web Developer and now a Machine Learning Engineer in just a little over a year. This is his story.
As 16-year-olds, one of the biggest challenges we faced was memorizing the lessons we learned at school. But, an even bigger challenge was remembering those lessons for a long period of time after memorizing them. Mostafa faced the same challenge at school. The only difference is that he decided to use technology to bridge this gap.
Mostafa started to learn how to program in 5th grade. When he was in 9th grade his country, Egypt, decided to build a new educational system which largely depended on technology. Every student was given a tablet and access to digital learning content on their tablet. He decided to use his knowledge in programming to make an education app, EduCup, to try to help Egypt solve its education problems.