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on for a long time. Another aspect that I love about
engineering is that you can change the world around
you. If you find something that needs changing, you
can actually make it happen instead of just sitting on
an idea.
What is your dream job?
My dream job would be a job where I get to code a
majority of the time. Ideally, I would like to be a fullstack developer or a back-end developer.
Whom do you admire (professionally and/or
personally) and why?
I really admire Dr. Tavanapong Wallapak, who is
both a professor at Iowa State University and the
CTO of EndoMetric (a software company that offers
computer-aided technology for colonoscopies). As
one of the 16 females (of 179 total students) in
my graduating class [1], it was hard for me to find a
professional, female role model in my field. However,
once I met Dr. Wallapak, it was easy for me to be
inspired by her on a daily basis. She leverages all of
her abilities to improve the world around her. For
example, her hard work to improve colonoscopies
could help to save over 50,000 lives that colon
cancer takes every year [2]. In addition to her work
to fight colon cancer, she also encourages and helps
freshman in computer science adjust to Iowa State
University. I originally met Dr. Wallapak when I was
a TA for her class, and many students commented
how much they respected and were thankful for all
Dr. Wallapak did for their class. I too respect and am
thankful for Dr. Wallapak.

What is the most important thing you've learned
in school?
The most important thing I've learned while studying
computer science is to always challenge yourself
to see if you can make it better. Since there are
always multiple ways to program something, when
you first write a program, it is probably not the most
efficient program you could write. So, when you have
finished a program, always go back and try to think of
other ways to write the code or to store the data to
improve the quality of your program.
What advice would you give to other students
entering college and considering studying
your major?
If the task at hand seems too hard or too complex,
start with a smaller problem and solve that. Then,
solve the next smaller problem and continue this until
you have solved the problem you originally found to
be too complex. With that being said, don't be afraid
to try and fail. Even if you don't know the solution to
the smaller problem, write down what you are thinking
and then go from there. You will often find that the
solution is not that far away once you have written
down your thoughts.

REFERENCES
[1] Enrollment Statistics for Fall Semester 2017 (Fall 2017): n. pag. Iowa
State University of Science and Technology Office of the Registrar. Web.
[2] American Cancer Society. Cancer Facts & Figures 2017. Atlanta, GA:
American Cancer Society: 2017.

What is the next BIG advance in engineering?
Personally, I believe the next big advance in
engineering will be artificial intelligence. Artificial
intelligence advances will be seen in every field
(medicine, education, etc) to improve the accuracy of
products or services given.
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