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Women in STEM Podcast Episode 20 – Pooja Chandrashekar, Founder and CEO of ProjectCSGIRLS


Interview with Pooja Chandrashekar, Founder and CEO of ProjectCSGIRLS. Pooja is currently a high school senior who founded ProjectCSGIRLS as a sophomore to address the gender gap in technology. ProjectCSGIRLS is a national youth-driven nonprofit which runs a national computer science competition, as well as workshops for middle school girls. This year ProjectCSGIRLS is also launching an international competition. Pooja speaks about her outreach work at conferences around the country, including O’Reilly Velocity New York Conference, the IEEE Women in Engineering International Leadership Conference, the Global Tech Women Voices Conference, and the STEM Symposium for the National Capital Region.

Pooja Chandrashekar

Deadline for signing up for the ProjectCSGIRLS U.S. Competition is Feb 1st if you’d like a mentor assigned, Feb 15th otherwise. Projects are due April 1st.

Hosted by Sarah Worsham.

Music is Light Emotions by MIGmusic.

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Women in Engineering: What Classes to Take in High School?

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I recently was on a panel for engineering at my high school’s career day. It was fun to share what engineering is with fairly large groups of students, including a good balance of ladies.  One of the most commonly asked questions was what classes to take in high school.

I was lucky enough to be able to attend a high school that offered a variety of science classes, many at honors and advanced placement levels.  As an engineer, all of the science classes I took were very useful, especially my physics classes.  I never was a fan of math in my math classes, but physics took math as a tool to find solutions.  I actually learned a lot of math in my physics classes before it was taught in the math classes (and it was easier to understand because we were using it to solve real problems). I think physics is such an important class because it really teaches you to think about how to use what you know to solve a problem.

While I may be biased as a computer engineer, I also believe computer science classes are important to being an engineer.  Even if you don’t go into software or computer engineering, you’re likely to do programming on systems in order to help you solve problems.  Computer science helps you understand how to solve problems in a way that can be used for any sort of problem.  And having a background in one computer language will make it much easier to use any other that you may come across (including non-programming applications).

What high school classes have you found helpful in your engineering career?

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