June 23, 2018 is International Women in Engineering Day. In honor of this day, we asked our authors & editors to share their experiences as women in the engineering fields. Read on to find exclusive interviews & explore the research on women in the STEM fields.
Dr. Marilyn Wolf
Rhesa “Ray” S. Farmer Distinguished Chair of Embedded Computing Systems and Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar at the Georgia Institute of Technology
Tell us about your background.
My father was an independent inventor. Among other things, he invented two panoramic cameras. He involved me in his work from my junior high school days. I received all my degrees in electrical engineering from Stanford University. From there, I joined AT&T Bell Laboratories. I later joined Princeton University. Georgia Tech recruited me and I hold the Farmer Distinguished Chair.
Why did you become an engineer? I am an inventor and a writer. My family history provides plenty of examples of each.
What advice would you give to young women interested in engineering? Do something that matters to you. Try to balance having goals with flexibility in those goals. Try to figure out how to get where you want to be from where you are now.