Hi, Could you introduce yourself?
Hello, my name is Stella Wang and I am 23 years old. I was borned and raised in China and moved to Vancouver by myself when I was 15 years old. I came to University of Toronto to study Computer Science and Statistics 5 years ago and graduated this April. I am currently working as a back-end engineering intern at Castodia this summer. I love travelling and dancing. If COVID-19 did not hit, I would be in Tokyo right now.
What are you working on?
I just finished working on a project called DropBase for our company. Dropbase lets you upload CSV files to a live database within seconds and gives you database credentials to query it. And now I am working on an autoML project, which helps its user to make better prediction models automatically.
What are your goals?
I will be pursuing a Master’s degree in Data Analytics with a focus in AI at Western this September. My goal is to learn more in this field and eventually put into practice.
How did you get into your current field?
In grade 9, I went to a programming camp at my school.That was the first time I tried programming. I felt proud and a strong sense of accomplishment when I solved the programming problems. Therefore, I decided to learn computer science in university. When I became a sophomore, big data became the trend and I got interested in machine learning as well. Then, I decided to pursue a Master’s degree in this field to learn more.
Do you have a mentor?
My dad is my mentor. He always gives me precious advice.
Do you mentor anyone?
I love listening to others' stories and giving them advice.
What could the tech industry do to better foster female talent?
I was born and raised in China which is a country with a long history, which is why people often have stereotypes. The older generation always tells me that I have less competitiveness in the tech industry, because more males are talented in this area. Additionally, females are considered better to be having a job like a teacher, so that we can have time to take care of our family. I think we should always encourage our young generations to get to know the tech industry instead of telling them that this is not the right field for you.
What advice would you give to people getting into your field？
If anyone wants to study computer science, I would suggest that do not let others disturb you.
What's the best and worst advice you have received?
The best advice for me is:
If you feel like you are struggling, then you are climbing up.
I have not received any bad advice.
What's the best way to keep up to date with what you're doing?
This is my linkedin account: https://www.linkedin.com/in/stella-zixuan-wang-5056361b1/.