Love, Technically (out now from Entangled Publishing) features a “geek” hero. I could debate the belief that just because someone knows their way around a little computer code, doesn’t make them a geek. But for now, I’ll embrace the stereotype and introduce you to some more “Geeks” All female ones.
The computer science/technology industry is still a stronghold of male domination. While women have infiltrated the legal and medical professions, if you head to TechEd or CES, there is a lot of testosterone. Here are some exceptions.
Day 1: Kaya
1. Can you give a few sentences about your background- your job, your degrees, a brief history of how you ended up in the industry?
My job is to analyze security vulnerabilities in computer systems.
BA Economics, Minor in Math, MS Economics, MS Computer Science
After a previous career as an economist, I was a stay-at-home parent for four years. When I was ready to return to work, I found computer security fascinating. Since the job market had good future prospects, I decided to switch my career track
2. Were you interested in science/technology as a child?
Yes. I have always gravitated towards programming and technical work. I love to read non-fiction about all kinds of sciences.
3. What’s it like being female in the tech/science industry? Any good stories?
It’s great. Computer scientists love to talk about their work, as do I. So we get along well. In general, I find my colleagues are exceptionally nice, thoughtful people.
4. Favorite famous nerd (fictional or otherwise)
Don’t have one.
5. Star Trek or Star Wars?
6. Do you read/like romance novels?
They can be fun. I tend to read non fiction or detective novels though.
Thanks for stopping by Kaya!