What makes her awesome
I am a Ph.D. in Computer Science student at Oregon State University. I grew up in a small town in Nepal with lack of resources and very few role models around me. My parents always believed in me and instilled in me the values of discipline and perseverance which I believe have shaped me into the person I am today. I worked on a Covid-19 detection project during the first pandemic on 2020, and also received a research grant by Nepal government. I am very proud of what I accomplished during that period. I go to my university recreation center for swimming during my free time. Also, I love baking cookie and brownies during the weekends.
- The moment she knew a career in tech was for her
Growing up, I was always fascinated by mathematics and computing. I loved playing with computers and as I got older, my interest in tech continued to grow and I decided to pursue a degree in computer science. What really drew me to tech was the opportunity to make a real difference in people’s lives. I worked on Covid-combat grant project for breaking the chain of the global pandemic. Seeing how this technology could make a real impact on people’s lives was incredibly inspiring to me. Of course, there have been challenges along the way. As a woman in tech, I’ve faced my fair share of biases and stereotypes. But I’ve also found a supportive community of like-minded individuals who are passionate about using technology for good. My mom and my brother has been super supportive to me throughout the process and I believed in me to achieve higher. They pushed me to pursue PhD in Computer Science and here I am. My advice to younger girls is to believe in themselves, to not be afraid to speak up and make your voice heard.
- What the RTC community means to her
I was always looking for a supportive community of like-minded individuals who are passionate about using technology for good, and I found this. RTC has taught me that we need more diversity and inclusion in this field, and every woman who pursues a career in tech is helping to make that happen.