"Money doesn’t matter. If you choose to do engineering (or be a doctor/lawyer) do it because it’s something you are interested in, don’t do it for the money."
My career roadmap has been somewhat defined.
As a child, I was always fascinated by technology and the incredible capabilities of small devices like phones/tablets. There are a few distinct moments that stand out. I remember watching the first Macbook Air commercial when it was released in 2008 and being absolutely blown away by the power of such a small laptop. That same year I watched Iron Man and knew that I wanted to be like Tony Stark when I grew up.
Project 691 Robotics gave me an opportunity to see what engineering would be like and I loved the experience. After all, building a robot isn’t that far off from building an exo-skeleton suit like Iron Man.
At AOC, I took classes geared towards STEM and got more exposure to topics that interest me like Physics, Math, and Comp Sci.
UC Berkeley - Through my experiences at AOC and Project 691 robotics I knew that I was interested in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science so that was my major at Berkeley. Turns out the field is super diverse and there are alot of different ways to specialize. I didn’t really know what I wanted to specialize in so I just took a bunch of different classes but stayed mostly on the software side with a good amount of computer architecture from EE classes. The classes I took at AOC helped me get out of a lot of requirements so I ended up graduating in 3 years.
Internships at Boston Scientific - My first internship was a Firmware Engineering Internship. I developed low level code that ran on a device that is implanted into people. My specific project dealt with interfacing the memory chip installed on the device. During my second internship, I wanted a different experience so I had more of a DevOps role. My projects included developing features for an internal testing application in python and using machine learning for static code analysis.
Working as a Software Engineer @ Google - I’ve spent the last 2 years at Google. My first year I worked on the Google Home team and wrote software that handled on-device audio processing for the Google Assistant. One of my projects optimized audio encoding to help reduce latency. Another project I worked on involved using the processor on the device to run a ML model for a subset of commands. These models were heavily optimized to run on the low cost hardware. I switched teams to the Google Fiber team and began working on server side code. One of the projects I worked on is a distributed cache for a cluster based algorithm. I also worked on front end app development for an internal application. My broad background allowed me to work on many diverse teams at Google from on-device machine learning, distributed cloud applications, and front-end development.
Here are my extracurriculars relevant to this pathway
DURING MY HIGH SCHOOL CAREER
Project 691 Robotics CAD lead
Math Club VP and founding member
Community Center Volunteering
DURING MY COLLEGE CAREER
Pioneers in Engineering - I really enjoyed high school robotics and wanted to share that experience. PiE is an organization that hosts a low cost robotics competition for disadvantaged schools in the Bay Area. I served as a mentor for a high school in addition to developing the robotics kit they used.
2 Summer Internships at Boston Scientific Neuromodulation
Software Engineer @ Google
What I'm currently doing/hope to do
How to maximize my time in high school?
Advice #1: Don’t be afraid to try new things.
Advice #2: Find what you love and are passionate about. It makes working hard and dedicating yourself a lot easier.
Advice #3: Money doesn’t matter. If you choose to do engineering (or be a doctor/lawyer) do it because it’s something you are interested in, don’t do it for the money.
Advice #4: Giving back is important. Do what you can to help the community and improve society.
Advice #5: Teamwork is fundamental. Help your peers and learn how to work well in groups.