Influenster Women in STEM Scholarship Winner Spotlight: Lisa Yan
"As long as it's your passion, keep up the good work and try your best!"👊
Last December, we announced the winners of our 2017 Influenster Scholarship for Women in STEM. As a female founded technology company, Influenster aims to raise awareness of gender inequality in STEM as well as narrow the gap by empowering more women to pursue careers in STEM.
Our five amazing winners specialize in fields that span from design engineering to applied mathematics, and each embodies the potential for what the future of women in STEM holds. To help you get to know our recipients a bit better, we're spotlighting some of the winners! We already shared with you, Master's student, Jenny Fan at Harvard University, now meet Lisa Yan. Lisa is working to get her Master’s in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University.
1. What first sparked your idea for utilizing technology to assist in elderly care?
At my internship with Google this summer, I was reading a research paper on fall detection in indoor environments using a depth sensor. I immediately thought of my grandma, who lives in her own apartment and has to be checked up on every single day by my family. This technology would be a great tool to have in the home, and would provide both ease of mind and independence for everyone involved.
2. Many in the elderly community are intimidated by newer technology. How would you work to make technology easier for all generations and users to understand and utilize?
Technology can be a scary thing! I think it'd be less intimidating if we focused on how technology can be used to connect us with our family and loved ones and integrate it into everyday life.
3. What or who inspired you to first study engineering?
My AP Computer Science teacher, Mr. Paley, was definitely one of the reasons I decided to study engineering. He taught us so much more than just the AP curriculum, and one of my favorite memories is us physically sorting ourselves by height outside the classroom to learn sorting methods. He's an awesome teacher who really cares about his students and keeps in touch with all of us years later.
4. What’s your favorite gadget on the market now?
Although it's not really new anymore, I think my favorite tech gadget has to be the GoPro. Since I plan on traveling a lot in the near future, I like how it's resilient so I don't have to worry about breaking it while hiking or dropping it in the water.
5. What advice would you give to a woman who is interested in the engineering field but might be intimidated?
I think the most important lesson is that it's ok to fail and you can't let it deter you. Engineering is a hard discipline, and you don't necessarily have to excel in it to be successful later on. As long as it's your passion, keep up the good work and try your best!
Congrats to Lisa! Stay tuned for more from our Women in STEM Scholarship winners!