Project Manager

Meet our Project Manager, Purnima Jain!

Purnima Jain is a senior at California State University, Long Beach majoring in Computer Science. She is entering her 3rd year as a SWE officer and this year's project manager, and plans to host technical workshops to get students more involved in new skillsets and personal projects.

This summer, she experienced her second internship at NASA working with artificial intelligence technologies. Her first internship focused on automation of metrology vendor systems for the Artemis I mission. Previous to her internships, she was project manager for NASA's summer 2021 L'SPACE Academy where she constructed a 101-page PDR with her teammates for a lunar ice mission. She simultaneously worked as an HSI Summer STEM mentor where she helped freshman/transfer students get acquainted with STEM/COE resources.

In her free time, Purnima enjoys spending time with friends, listening to music, reading, and playing the ukulele.

Why did you pick your major?

"I picked computer science as my major since it allowed me to mix a logical thinking process with creativity. The major is versatile, and I felt that there was a lot I could do with it. "

What is your favorite course?

"One of my favorite courses has been Engineering 350 with Dave Winter! While I enjoy my coding classes, it's nice to just lean back and learn about the more conceptual side of the screens we use from day to day. Dave also engages with the students a lot, and it's nice having a class which is also a small laid back community compared to other stressful workloads. A class that I also currently find myself enjoying is CECS 478 (Intro to Computer Security). "

What are you doing after you graduate?

"I joined SWE to find a community of motivated women which I could learn from. It wasn't easy to get the support I wanted when it came to pursuing a career in STEM, but surrounding myself with people who are so hard-working and motivated in their interests makes me feel so much more confident. I want to help make a difference for women who were also unsure about their career path in engineering. "

Advice for women in STEM:

"My advice for women in STEM is to maintain credibility. It's completely okay to not know something--just acknowledge it and work towards proficiency. Talk about the things you know with confidence, and be open about your strengths/weaknesses. It'll inevitably become easier to work with others as you improve your skill set. "

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