Women: Driving Mitte ForwardMitte News
Some may say it’s hard to be a woman in the technology field today. Others note that it’s hard to be female in general. But hard doesn’t necessarily translate to impossible.
For many women around the world, things may be more stark due to gender discrimination, lack of access to education and biased cultures. This may prove more apparent in the coming months and years as we survey the aftermath of the coronavirus.
At Mitte, we encourage and empower our team to look for the positive in each situation; not simply accepting the past, but accepting that it happened. This is how we got to 2020, but now, where do we go from here? This mentality helps us to move forward as a company. We believe that this thinking will push the human race forward as we work for our collective goals.
Can we go back and stop the invention of plastic? No. The destruction of our waterways? No.
But we can work to correct the problems that we are facing at this exact moment in time.
Sinda, our embedded engineer who hails from Tunisia, was inspired to pursue a job in the technology field after mixing her love of coding (she taught herself) with her love of humanity. Prior to starting at Mitte in 2018, she worked for IoT companies that focused on improving the condition of others: one focused on agriculture and the other regarding health monitoring.
Her role at Mitte involves working with the embedded team to ensure the product purifies and mineralizes water, as well as making it smart and autonomous. Overall, her focus is to aim for the best possible user experience once we launch – something she doesn’t take lightly.
“For me, one of the most important factors when considering a job is the mission,” she says. “The goal, the impact, how we work to make change in this world – that’s key.”
Aga, our systems engineer, originally from Poland, joined the hardware team last year to focus on mechatronics. With a PhD in Nuclear Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, she noted the lack of women in lectures but also how they inspired each other.
“While there were maybe three or four other women in physics class,” she says, “that was offset by clubs and organizations that were female-focused and lead.”
It was here where Aga was able to find additional encouragement amongst her female classmates, similar to the encouragement she received from her high school math and physics teachers: educators that ultimately helped Aga cement her interest in the tech field.
At Mitte, she spends her days switching between a plethora of tasks, such as building and testing prototypes, driving our effort to set specifications for all the hardware components through experiments and modeling, testing code and analyzing data to drive decisions.
In addition to Aga and Sinda, the office is buzzing with female leadership, with women in critical roles focusing on hardware, water chemistry and development. All are busy working across various teams, switching between different languages and advancing our mission.
While prejudice has no place at Mitte, our team is not unaware that it exists in the world.
“Yes, I see that biases exist,” noted Sinda, detailing how the technology field in her homeland is pretty mixed between both genders, but that men seem to hold ranks at the top positions.
“But I always try to focus on the project at hand. I do my best and let my work speak for itself.”
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