#STEMWOW WEEK 2

Meet Kaya Thomas, iOS Engineer at Slack Technologies

Kaya is a full time iOS engineer at Slack. She graduated in June 2017 from Dartmouth College with a degree in Computer Science. She started iOS development in 2014 and was a software engineering intern at Time Inc, Intuit and Apple.

Kaya’s Biography

Kaya is a full time iOS engineer at Slack. She graduated in June 2017 from Dartmouth College with a degree in Computer Science. She started iOS development in 2014 and was a software engineering intern at Time Inc, Intuit and Apple. In the summer of 2014, she launched “We Read Too”, a book resource app that features titles written by authors of color. During the summer of 2015 and 2016, she was a CODE2040 Fellow. She also writes and has bylines in TechCrunch, Model View Culture, and Fusion. For her work, she has been awarded by various orgs: Glamour Magazine, Black Girls Rock!, and The Root.

Why did you get into STEM?

I’ve always been fascinated by technology even before I knew what computer science was. I’ve wanted to be an engineer since I was 12. I loved that technology allowed access to so much information. There are infinite possibilities with what you can learn and create. Those are the facets that drew me to STEM.

What do you consider your greatest achievements?

My greatest achievement was having the honor of being awarded the Making A Difference award by First Lady Michelle Obama at the annual Black Girls Rock! award show in 2015.

What challenges have you faced as a woman in STEM and how did you overcome them?

I think isolation and imposter syndrome are the hardest challenges I’ve faced so far. Sometimes it can feel very lonely when you’re one of few women on a team and the only woman of color. Imposter syndrome is also a constant battle, sometimes feeling like I am not good enough and soon everyone will figure that out and let me go. It sounds extreme, but I push past those feelings because I know I’ve earned my spot in my field.

What is your advice to budding women in STEM?

My advice to budding women in STEM is to never believe anyone who tells you that you don’t belong in STEM. You do belong. You have the capability to perform the tasks and learn the skills. Give yourself time to grow and learn, and don’t be discouraged by your frustrations.

About Kaya

Kaya is a full time iOS engineer at Slack. She graduated in June 2017 from Dartmouth College with a degree in Computer Science. She started iOS development in 2014 and was a software engineering intern at Time Inc, Intuit and Apple.

COUNTRY

United States

Recent STEM WOW Stories

Meet Jessica Manhiça, Managing Partner at IDEÁRIO Hub, Mozambique
Meet Jessica Manhiça, Managing Partner at IDEÁRIO Hub, Mozambique

Meet Jessica Manhiça, Managing Partner at IDEÁRIO Hub, Mozambique

Jessica Manhiça is a 25-year-old Mozambican who is passionate about disrupting systems. She has a background in Marketing and PR, professional skills development, business development, and job creation. She is currently the Managing Partner of a community-based social business accelerator, IDEÁRIO Hub, where she co-founded the first women-only tech marketplace, TEKLA, as a gender-inclusive employment tool.
CONTINUE READING
Meet Kelebogile Phatsimo Baliki, Data Analyst at Okavango Diamond Company
Meet Kelebogile Phatsimo Baliki, Data Analyst at Okavango Diamond Company

Meet Kelebogile Phatsimo Baliki, Data Analyst at Okavango Diamond Company

Kelebogile Phatsimo Baliki comes from Botswana. She is a Data Analyst intern at Okavango Diamond Company and also a part-time tutor of Mathematics, Statistics, and Accounting. Kelebogile has a Bachelors’ Degree in Applied Sciences (Mathematics and Statistics) from the Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST), and she is also an alumna of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS-SA) – Next Einstein Initiative (AIMS-NEI), where she earned her Master’s degree in Mathematical Sciences at AIMS South Africa.
CONTINUE READING
Dr Meriem BELGUIDOUM, Associate Professor at the Faculty of New Technology of Information and Communication (NTIC) at University of Abdelhamid Mehri Constantine 2, Constantine, Algeria
Dr Meriem BELGUIDOUM, Associate Professor at the Faculty of New Technology of Information and Communication (NTIC) at University of Abdelhamid Mehri Constantine 2, Constantine, Algeria

Dr Meriem BELGUIDOUM, Associate Professor at the Faculty of New Technology of Information and Communication (NTIC) at University of Abdelhamid Mehri Constantine 2, Constantine, Algeria

Dr Meriem BELGUIDOUM is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of New Technology of Information and Communication (NTIC) at Abdelhamid Mehri Constantine 2 University since October 2008. She has more than 17 years of experience in scientific research and 12 years in higher education.
CONTINUE READING