December 4, 2005Her job: Computer Engineer, AT&T Labs
Describe what you do in your current work situation?
I conduct research at AT&T labs, specializing in software testing and metrics - the goal is to develop ways of assuring the dependability and performance of software. AT&T has roughly 450 million lines of software that do everything from running the telephone network to handling billing, and most of these systems run continuously. It is a real challenge to develop techniques to make sure that it all works correctly and efficiently!
Where did you go to school and what degree(s) do you have?
Bronx High School of Science; B.S. in Mathematics from State University of New York in Binghamton; Ph.D. in computer science from Rutgers University
What do you like best about being an engineer?
I was a professor at New York University for 18 years before I moved to AT&T. Although I was happy at NYU, I have been even happier at AT&T since I have access to AT&T's large software systems and get to try out my ideas on these systems.
What challenges have you met and conquered in your pursuit of an engineering career?
The biggest challenge I face in my career involves the relatively small numbers of women I meet at most professional events. I have endured some sexism, and it sometimes took all the courage I could muster to speak up when people made inappropriate assumptions based on gender, but it was important, and I am glad that I have tried to make things better for women in the field.
Please tell us a little about your family.
I have a teenage daughter who is lots of fun (usually) who has accompanied me to every conference and workshop I've attended since she was born.
Describe something about your life outside of work: your hobbies, or perhaps a favorite book.
I love to swim, bike, and hike. I also knit and design sweaters.