She# (She Sharp) tech community founder Dr Mahsa Mohaghegh has had a fascination for tech since her first experience building a computer with her dad. However, she never envisioned that it was the start of a “long and exciting future in technology” until she was studying computer engineering at uni.
Mahsa, who is now a senior lecturer at Auckland University of Technology, began her academic career with a Masters degree and PhD in computer engineering. Her current research areas include several hot topics in 21st century digital disruption: AI, machine learning and the Internet of Things. “Technology changes so quickly, and seeing the impact it has on multiple industries is fascinating,” says Mahsa.
Mahsa has been teaching uni students since her Masters and she loves being able to share and impart skills and knowledge to others. “There’s a great degree of satisfaction through helping others, or in supervising and mentoring them.”
What Mahsa would like to see improve is the male-to-female ratio in her classes, which she hasn’t seen change over the last 15 years since she was a student. “We need to target our youth, showing them the relevance technology has to everyone’s future, how it is revolutionising the future of work, and how exciting it is to be a part of this world.”
Mahsa’s career path:
>> Bachelor of Computer Engineering, Tehran Azad University
>> Master of Computer Engineering, Iran University of Science and Technology
>> PhD (Computer Engineering), Massey University of New Zealand
>> Founder, She#
>> Senior Lecturer, School of Computer, Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, Auckland University of Technology
This article was originally published in Careers with STEM: Code 2019. You can read the e-magazine for free online here.
Author: Larissa Fedunik-Hofman
Larissa is the editorial assistant for Careers with STEM and a Chemistry PhD student. Larissa’s goal is to promote public engagement with STEM through inspiring stories.