Meet our Involvement Chair, Anamaria Esparza!
Anamaria Esparza (Amia) is an undergraduate student at the California State University of Long Beach. In Fall 2019, she transferred from Long Beach City College and Los Angeles Technical Trade College. She is enrolled in the Electrical Engineering department. In Fall 2019, she began research in the Neural Embedded Systems Laboratory under Dr. Mozumdar. The NES lab piqued her interest in programming, machine learning applications, and intrusion detection systems. She worked with a research team and conducted a paper that has been accepted to the IEEE Green Energy and Systems Conference 2020.
Spring 2019, Amia joined the Society of Women Engineering and is currently the Involvement Chair. She has interned with the State of California, Department of Transportation, Caltrans, and is an alumnus of NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars (NCAS) Fall 2019 at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. At present, Ms. Esparza is interning with the City of Los Angeles, Bureau of Street Lighting.
Why did you pick your major?
"A number of my family members are electricians. I would always ask my Father about what type of projects he worked on and how different systems operate. He would be the first inspiration to my choice of becoming what my mom would refer to as a "fancy electrician", an electrical engineer. In college, my connection to my major grew when I took the first engineering courses. The perspective I had of the world changed. I have always been curious about how things work. Having the privilege to go to college has allowed me to solidify my curiosity and develop a deeper understanding of the world."
What is your favorite course?
"My favorite course so far is Digital Signal Processing. It is fascinating to get to the understanding of how signals work. It's structured in our daily use, for example, smartphones, Bluetooth, and audio files to experience our favorite songs at the perfect frequency."
What are you doing after you graduate?
"I knew that becoming a SWE member would lead me to meet strong and interesting women in engineering. I wanted to be involved in a society where I can connect, learn, and grow. From the first day, SWE welcomed me with open arms. I want to contribute to an organization made explicitly for engineering women. I appreciate the fact that CSULB SWE is a creative space where all students are welcome."
Advice for women in STEM:
"Stay curious and follow your intuition. Life is rough, yet it is those challenging times that allow us to grow. Stay focused, follow your heart, and give back. There is always someone who needs help, someone alongside you in the trenches, and someone helping you. Oh, and find your community. I am happy to be apart of the Women in Information Technology club when I was at city college and presently the Society of Women Engineers at university."
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