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12 Inspiring Female Architects in Software and Data!
Published on October 10, 2017 • MWomen2.0
Hollywood’s Silicon Valley TV show continues the long-established narrative that here in the Silicon Valley, technology / startups equals guys in hoodies / jeans. That’s not always the case; leading ladies who code in Halt and Catch Fire (“the West Wing with computers”) and Mr Robot are worth watching.
Here are 12 female architects in software, data and more to inspire the next generation of girl geeks and technical women:
Aruna Susarla, Senior Architect, PayPal
Aruna is a Senior Architect at PayPal, with over 15 years of industry experience. She was responsible for building scalable, high performance innovative solutions that PayPal can deploy on mobile as well as traditional Point of Sale systems for retailers. Follow her on Twitter at @aruna_susarla.
Avery Wong Hagleitner, Software Architect, IBM
Avery is a Software Architect for IBM, working on Cognos Dynamic Cubes at the IBM Silicon Valley Laboratory. Her interests range from high-performance Java server applications to engaging graphical user interfaces; her areas of expertise include BI, data warehousing and analytical processing. Follow her on Instagram at @flav0rave.
Denise McInerney, Data Architect, Intuit
Denise is as a Data Architect at Intuit, where she designs and implements BI and analytics solutions with a focus on enabling the work of analysts and business users. She advances women in technology as illustrated in Vinay Pai’s blueprint on “how to be a male ally for women in tech”. Follow Denise on Twitter at@denisemc06.
Gwen Chen Shapira, System Architect, Confluent
Gwen is System Architect at Confluent, and currently specializes in building real-time reliable data processing pipelines using Apache Kafka.She is an Oracle Ace Director, an author of “Hadoop Application Architectures”, and a frequent presenter at data driven conferences. Gwen is a committer on Apache Kafka and Sqoop. Follow Gwen on Twitter at @gwensnap.
Jeanine Walters, Software Architect, Salesforce
Jeanine is a Software Architect at Salesforce. Her biggest success was architecting a solution and building a team for a feature that no one else thought was possible. In addition to architecting and writing code, her work includes mentoring and guiding other engineers, and working with product management on direction. Follow Jeanine on Twitter at @jeaninesw.
Jen-Mei Wu, Software Architect, Indiegogo
Jen-Mei is a Software Architect at Indiegogo, where she works on engineering guidelines and architecture for the engineering team. Her current focus at Indiegogo is on infrastructure (e.g. cloud hosting), performance, and front-end architecture. Her previous roles include engineer, founder, CEO, product manager and more. Follow Jen-Mei on Twitter at @jenmeiwu.
Kristen Robins, IT Architect, VMware
Kristen is an IT Architect at VMware in Palo Alto, where she created Storage-as-a-Service and Backup solutions for OneCloud. She designed the platform for wired & wireless network monitoring and optimized the company WAN design. Prior to VMware, she was Datacenter Architect at Cisco and Director of Systems Engineering at DataRunway.
Linda is a Big Data Architect at IBM in Silicon Valley, in Machine Learning. She contributes to the IBM developerWorks and keeps a blog on big data, analysis and case studies at Big Data Farm. She is a guest speaker and panelist for UC Berkeley Data Analytics Bootcamp, and presents at IBM conferences.
Senda Gopalakrishnan, Senior Staff Architect, Tesla
Senda is currently a Senior Staff Architect at Tesla. She is an expert in data architecture and analytics product development. Prior to Tesla, she was Senior Data Analytics Architect at GE Healthcare for hospital operations products, Data Warehouse Architect at MobiTV, and Senior BI Architect at Qualcomm. Follow her on Twitter at @senda_g.
Smita Wadhwa, Architect, InMobi
Smita is an Architect at InMobi. Prior to InMobi, she was a Tech Lead at Yahoo! and began her career as a research intern at Yahoo! on video advertising. Smita earned her M.S. in computer science from Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology in India. Follow her on Twitter at @smitaw.
Snezana Sahter, Principal Software Architect, eBay
As a Principal Software Architect at eBay, Snezana has led and been a major contributor to complex business critical initiatives.She has led and been major contributor to complex business critical initiatives, including the feedback system re-design, seller standards, identity verification and entity resolution.
Ümit Yalçınalp, Architect, Oracle
Ümit is an Architect at Oracle in Identity Management. Her technical leadership and people management experience spans over 20 years. Prior to Oracle, she taught computer science at Mills College and worked as a Lead Architect at Adobe and Evangelist at Salesforce and Architect at SAP. Follow her on Twitter at @umityalcinalp.