Hi, could you introduce yourself?
My name is Anne and I am a first generation immigrant who moved to the States at the age of three so my parents could give us a better life. My parents have always encouraged my sister and I to use our brains since knowledge is something nobody can take away from you. Engineers do great things, and I am proud to be one of them. I am a nerd at heart and although I love technical details, I am most interested in big picture impact. In my current role, I am the electronics director at Lockheed Martin Space. In my current role, I am responsible for ensuring engineering excellence, technical integrity, and execution across all the lines of business and for leading electronics engineers on the team to produce world-class space and missile electronics. It's challenging and exciting going to work every day.
How did you get into your current field?
Through the years, I have developed an interest in science and math due to my father's influence and sister's influence. They are both engineers. In high school, I won a NASA Mars contest for a Mars expedition proposal and was hooked. When I applied to college, I thought that being an engineer was a great way to make a living and work on really cool stuff. I am classically trained in Electrical Engineering and even went so far to get my PhD concentrating in Electromagnetics.
What are your goals?
I am interested in making the world a little better with the products I help create. I believe the products that I work on have really high impact to our day to day life as well as our way of life.
Do you have a mentor?
Yes. I have a number of individuals I reach out to for advice in my career. I highly suggest reaching out to anybody who you admire to be your mentor. Your path will not be the same as your mentor but you can learn much from their experience.
Do you mentor anyone?
Yes. I do mentoring for girls in engineering who attend my alma mater in addition to a few other. I enjoy having a chance to use my experience and good fortune to help others.
What tips would you give to someone wanting to break into tech/STEM?
Don't be intimidated (even if it's hard to not be with society, guy-girl ratio, etc.). And if you attend a meeting, always sit at the table. You deserve it.
Who do you follow? What blogs do you read?
I am most inspired by others who lead by example- Marilyn Hewson, Sheryl Sandberg, Melinda Gates, Mary Barra, Warren Buffett. I also follow individuals I have heard speak that have been inspirational to me.
What does tech and STEM need to do better to foster female talent?
We need to inspire our younger generations to become interested in math and science. I believe most girls are discouraged at a young age. Engineering is often portrayed as conflicting with having a feminine personality (I am proof that it doesn't!). Everybody should be taking their nieces, sisters, friend's kids, and daughters to science museums, helping them through the hard math problems, and encouraging them to dream big.
What’s the best way to keep up to date with what you’re doing?
I have submitted papers and attended conferences for technical topics that I am interested in. I try to get involved with organizations I run across as well that I see advancing cool technologies (e.g. machine learning, radars, space electronics). Whatever you do, to be successful you must always be open to learning and avoid becoming complacent with what you already know.
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